Southern Africa- open, semi-arid savannah
Omnivore mainly roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and insects
1.7 to 2.8 m
- The largest, heaviest and tallest of all the birds, Ostriches are also the fastestreaching speeds up to 65kph (40mph) and lay the biggest eggs.
- These flightless record-breakers do not need to drink-they make their own water internally and get the rest from vegetation.
- They swallow stones to aid digestion.
- Ostriches can cause serious injury or death with a kick and a slash from their powerful legs and claws.
Did you know that contrary to popular belief, Ostriches do not bury their heads in sand when threatened. They ‘hide’ by lying flat on the ground ……..or run away!