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About the Ostrich

The Ostrich is a large flightless bird from Africa. Their long neck and legs give them a distinctive appearance and they are able to run at high speeds of up to 45mph (72km/h), making them the fastest bird on land. Ostriches are also the largest living species of any bird and they lay the largest egg of any living bird.

Ostriches used to live across Africa north and south of the Sahara desert and in much of Asia Minor. Today these large birds prefer open land and are native to the savannas and Sahel of Africa.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 November 2009
Scientific Name Struthio camelus
  • Struthioniformes
  • Struthionidae
  • Struthio
  • S. camelus
Birdorable Family Ratites
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
2240 to 4640 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa

International Names

  • Pštros Dvouprstý (Czech)
  • Masaistruds (Danish)
  • Struisvogel (Dutch)
  • Strutsi (Finnish)
  • Autruche d'Afrique (French)
  • Strauß (German)
  • Struzzo Comune (Italian)
  • ダチョウ (Dachou) (Japanese)
  • Struts (Norwegian)
  • Strus Czerwonoskóry (Polish)
  • Страус (Russian)
  • Avestruz (Spanish)
  • Struts (Swedish)

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