Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ostrich - largest bird in the world

Ostrich - largest  bird in the world

The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world, typically weighing 63.5-131.5 kg and measuring 6– 9 ft in height. Ostriches can run at maximum speeds of about 97.5 km/h (60.6 mph), making it both the fastest bird on land and the fastest two-legged animal in the world. Ostrich eggs are the largest of all bird eggs and on average they are 5.9 inch long and 5.1 inch wide, and weigh 1.4 kg. 

The Ostrich has just two toes on each foot, with the nail on the larger, inner toe resembling a hoof. The outer toe has no nail, and the reduced number of toes is an adaptation that appears to aid in running. 

Ostrich wings reach a span of 7 ft and are used in mating displays and to shade chicks. Ostriches mainly feed on seeds, shrubs, grass, fruit and flowers. The Ostrich are  reared  for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used as feather dusters. Its skin is used for leather products and it is claimed that

Ostriches produce some of the strongest commercial leather. Its meat is marketed commercially with a taste similar to lean beef and is low in fat and cholesterol and high in calcium, protein and iron.

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