Amazing Facts About the Largest of All Birds
Trivia about the largest bird on Earth.
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a large, flightless bird that lives in the dry grasslands of Africa. It is the largest of all birds.
Here are some known facts about this huge bird. You may already know some of these but certainly not all. (Photos courtesy of Wikipedia)
The male will defend the hatchlings, and teach them how and on what to feed
Each male mate with 2 to 6 females who all lay their eggs in the same nest
Ostriches mate 3 times a year
Ostrich lays the largest egg of any bird species
Ostrich feet are two-toed (most birds are four), the longer toe measuring 7 in (18 cm)
Their feathers are used mainly to make feather dusters
During the 18th century, ostrich’s plumes were used to decorate hats
In some areas of northern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula Ostriches are trained as racing mounts
Ostriches are farmed in over 50 countries, including climates as cold as that of Sweden and Finland
The wings are used in mating displays, and they can also provide shade for chicks
They eat seeds and grasses and require little water and can go without water for several days
Occasionally they also eat insects such as locusts
They enjoy water and frequently take baths where it is available.
An adult ostrich typically carries about 1 kg of stones in its stomach
The wings are not used for flight, but are still large, with a wingspan of around two meters (over six feet)
Ostrich has no crop, and it also lacks a gallbladder