Learn How the Ostrich Behaves

Ostriches are a type of bird that are considered to be flightless. The only other common flightless bird is the penguin. However, unlike penguins they are some of the tallest birds in existence and what they lack in wingspan they make up for in running speed. Their extremely long legs allow them to run up to 45 mph and to keep this pace for more then 30 minutes.

Most species of the ostrich will pair up during the winter months or spend it alone. About 16% of people who have spotted these animals saw them with larger groups. During the season were they breed the animals will together in nomadic groups that can hold anywhere between 5 to 50 of them at one time. They are led by the top hen and will travel along with zebras or antelopes.

These animals have been classified as diurnal – but it is possible to see a few of them being more active during the nighttime hours. Their eyesight is very acute and allows them to see their prey from a far distance and give them time to get away in time. They will get away from their predator by running away or lying down on the ground.

When they lay down the will drop their whole bodies to the floor and lay their necks down flat on the ground. This helps them to impersonate a mound of earth from a far distance. Because of this people created the myth of ostriches pushing their heads into the ground when they are scared.

A few years back people began farming these animals in the United States. These farms would sell meat to consumers and use them to create ostrich leather products. Unfortunately these farms were not able to stay open because of how expensive these products were.

Source by Naomi West

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