Did you Know? List of Facts about the Ostrich
Facts are statements which are held to be true and often contrasted with opinions and beliefs. Our unusual and interesting facts about the Ostrich, trivia and information, including some useful statistics about animals will fascinate everyone from kids and children to adults. Interesting Facts about the Ostrich are as follows:
- Fact 1 - Definition: The ostrich (Struthio camelus) has long and very strong legs, adapted for rapid running; only two toes with a long neck, nearly bare of feathers; and short wings incapable of flight. The adult male grows to about about eight feet high.
- Fact 2 - The body of the male is covered with elegant black plumose feathers, while the wings and tail furnish the most valuable white plumes
- Fact 3 - They use their wings as "rudders" to help them change direction while running
- Fact 4 - The Ostrich has the largest eyes of any land animal. Its eye measures almost 2 in (5 cm) across
- Fact 5 - Ostriches are the tallest and heaviest birds in the world but the ostrich cannot fly
- Fact 6 - The ostrich does not hide their head in the sand - to avoid being seen they lay their heads on the ground
- Fact 7 - Ostriches have one of the most advanced immune systems known
- Fact 8 - Ostrich stats and facts
- Weight: 220 to 350 lbs (100 to 160 kg)
- Height: 7 to 9 ft (2.1 to 2.7 m)
- Habitat: Open, dry grasslands
- Lifespan: 30 - 40 Years
- Speed: They can sprint up to 43 miles (70 kilometers) per hour and run over distances at 31 miles (50 kilometers) per hour
- Diet: the Ostrich are omnivores
- Fact 9 - The ostrich can cover 10-16 feet (3 to 5 meters) in a single stride!
- Fact 10 - The collective name for a group is a flock
- Fact 11 - Males are called cocks
- Fact 12 - Females are called hens
- Fact 13 - The names given to babies are chicks
- Fact 14 - The ostrich is one of of a group of flightless, running Birds (called ratites) that includes the Ostrich Kiwi and Emu
- Fact 14 - Conservation Status - for more info click Endangered Species:
- The Ostrich has been evaluated and is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'Least Concern' and as such they do not qualify as Endangered, Threatened or Near Threatened species'
- Least Concern - LC (Status: At Lower Risk) - No immediate threat to the survival of the species.
Facts about the Ostrich - Scientific Names / Classification
Scientific Names / Classification of the Ostrich - The scientists who study animals (zoology) are called zoologists. Each animal that is studied is classified, that is, split into descriptive groups starting with main groups (vertebrates and invertebrates) the Families of animals are also included and the families are then split into species. These various scientific facts about the Ostrich are as follows:
- Kingdom: Animalia
Species: S. camelus
Facts about the Ostrich
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