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The world?s largest and heaviest bird, which is unable to fly ? it can however run at up to 70 mph which means it can outrun most predators. The ostrich can grow to nine feet tall and weigh 150 kg; even the eggs are enormous ? the equivalent of 22 normal sized chicken eggs! Females are able to recognise their own eggs, even when mixed in with others. Their diet consists of grass, fruit, leaves, nuts and some small insects and lizards. Contrary to popular beliefs, the ostrich does not bury its head in the ground, it will, however, lay its long neck and head flat against the ground to try and blend in with the landscape when threatened. They also carry a hefty kick which may disable a predator. The ostrich is found in flocks of a single male with up to six females, and may live to 30 years old or more. Ostriches are reared in captivity for their meat and eggs, and ostrich feathers were once a very sought after fashion accessory.

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  • Updated Jan 11, 2005
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