1 Looking Good Looking at the ostrich, what do you see? Look at
the eyes, feet, color and more! The male ostrich is usually black
on the body, and a hint of white on the tail feathers and on their
wings. The female is brown on the body and like the male its white
on the tails and wings. The color of the chicks,(the baby ostrich)
are bright colored, because then they blend in with the dusty
ground. Their colors are bright brown with dark brown dots all over
their body. Like some animals they clean their feathers by pulling
them through their beaks and getting off dirt or anything thats in
their feathers. The ostrich does camouflage by sitting down and
stretching their long necks on the ground. Ta da they blend in with
the ground! The adult male can weigh up to 300 pounds! Now thats a
big ostrich! The male can be nine feet in height. It can run up to
45 miles per hour and hold that speed
for half an hour (now thats a fast bird!). It can step up to
10-16 feet. A lot of people think that their legs are really
skinny, but if you look at them closely their legs are big and
powerful. Even though they dont have teeth, they still do bite.
Their eyes are like big tennis balls, and their eyes are the
biggest of any land animal, theyre 2 inches wide! Their necks are
5-6 feet long. Their feathers can reach up to two feet long feet
and five inches wide. Its feet are two toed and each toe has a
deathly sharp claw. The males make a booming sound to attract a
mate, (sometimes it compares to a lion roar).
O-mazing Ostriches By Kendall
A female and male ostrich and a chick.
Finally, its the last one! Read this paragraph to learn fun and
interesting facts. The ostrich has really beautiful feathers, and
some of best leather in the world! They re-grow lost feathers.
Another name for an ostrich is struthio camelus. The ostrich is
part of the Ratite family. When its hot chicks gather under their
parents body like an umbrella.
Walking into the dry savannas, youll find an ostrich running.
Maybe, or find a ostrich nest, maybe just maybe The ostrich lives
in dry places, like savannas and it lives in the north, east and
southern part of Africa. Youll mostly find ostriches in hot\ dry
places (like deserts). They get along well with zebras and
giraffes. They live in groups that have less than 12 birds a group.
They stretch their necks on the ground when they sleep.
Yummy Meals Oh, look! You just found a small bug. Snatch! Great,
the ostrich ate it! The ostrich eats plants, insects, fruit, seeds,
nuts and small animals. They eat like chickens, they peck their
beaks to the ground. Like other animals it drinks water, but not
much because it gets most of its water from the plants it eats. It
sometimes swallows rocks to get food down its throat. Its an
omnivore, that means that it eats
both meat and plants. Food is easy to find in the rainy
Looking out for predators. What do you do? Kick, run,
camouflage! The ostrich predators are lions and hyenas. The eggs
predators are jackals, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, hawks and eagles.
The adult ostrich calls booming noises to warn chicks that danger
is coming so then they hide or the just freeze where they are. It
can defend itself by running away or uses its sharp claw or it can
lay down its neck on the ground so it blends in with the ground. It
isnt really a predator to any animals, unless youre a small lizard.
Its a myth that it sticks its head in sand if danger is coming.
An ostrich in its habitat.
The ostrich has the biggest egg on earth! Read on if you want to
read about its life. It lays up to 5-20 eggs at a time and will
keep laying eggs about 25 years. Their eggs can weigh 3 pounds. It
can lay 40-100 eggs a year! The eggs hatch in the rainy season. The
female sits on the eggs at daytime, and the male sits on the eggs
at night. The chicks grow quickly as they absorb yolk. The chicks
stay with their parents 6 months. The male leads the group and
theyre called alpha. It can live up to 40 years. The alpha male
mates with the dominant hen ( the lead female). The male has 3-5
mates. The males are called roosters and females are called hens (
like chickens). To mate, the male calls a booming sound to attract
the females attention. Then the male puffs out its wings and flaps
them and chases the female, and the female allows the male to mate
with her. They arent endangered, there are at least 2 million world
wide. Its been on earth 120 million years!
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