Species

Ostrich

Scientific Name:

Struthio Camelus

Description:

Unmistakeable. Huge (stands 2 m tall), terrestrial bird. Males are black and white, females gray brown. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of about 65 km/h (40 mph), the top land speed of any bird. The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any bird species.

Habitat:

Ostriches are currently restricted to drier and sandy regions of central and southern Africa.

Distribution:

Up until the mid 20th century, ostriches occurred naturally in southwestern Asia, the Arabian peninsula, and Africa. They have since been hunted to extinction except in sub-Saharan Africa.

Size:

Ostriches can be between 1.8 and 2.7 m (6 and 9 ft) in height, while female Ostriches range from 1.7 to 2 m (5.5 to 6.5 ft).

Weight:

Ostriches usually weigh from 93 to 130 kg (200 to 285 lb).

Lifespan:

An Ostrich can live up to 75 years.


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