Blog Archive: Ostriches

Birdorable Ostrich

Avian Extreme: Ostrich Eyes

May 25th, 2011 in Ostriches, Avian Extreme 1 comment
Birdorable Ostrich

The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird, so it's no surprise that they have the largest eyes of any avian species. In fact, the eyes of an ostrich, measuring two inches in diameter, are the largest of any terrestrial species. Its large eyes help the flightless Ostrich perceive predators that share their wide open savanna habitat. When a predator is perceived, another avian extreme comes in handy: the Ostrich is the fastest land bird, able to achieve a running speed of up to 45mph! If you can't get enough of this extreme avian species, be sure to check out Birdorable's collection of cute Ostrich t-shirts & gifts.

Birdorable Ostrich

Baby Birdorable: Ostrich

May 21st, 2010 in Ostriches, Baby Birds 2 comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Ostrich. Everyone knows Ostriches are flightless. So why the 2-meter wingspan? Ostriches use their wings in mating rituals, but also to shade chicks! Pretty cute, right? Females lay their eggs in communal nest pits constructed by the males. Nests average about 20 eggs! Males and females work together to raise the chicks after they hatch.

Struthio camelus brood 2
Struthio camelus brood 2 by kibuyu
Ostrich Chicks
Ostrich Chicks by Artbandito
baby ostriches
baby ostriches by AIBakker
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus) by Lip Kee
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
African Ostrich (Struthio camelus) by Lip Kee
Baby Ostriches
Baby Ostriches by Timmy Toucan

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our (adult) Birdorable Ostrich t-shirts & gear!

Birdorable Ostrich

The Birdorable Ostrich

November 3rd, 2009 in New Birds, Ostriches 5 comments
Birdorable Ostrich

Two days ago we blogged about our new Birdorable Kiwi and today it's the turn of another flightless bird in the ratites family: the Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and it lays the largest egg of any living bird. Five different subspecies are recognized: Southern, North African (most common), Masai, Arabian (extinct) and Somali. Ostriches used to live in most of Africa and much of Asia Minor. Today they are native to the open savannas and Sahel of Africa. The Arabian subspecies used to be very common in the Arabian Peninsula, Syria and Iraq, but became extinct around 1966. They have excellent vision and hearing that helps them sense lions and other predators from far away. When being chased by a predator, Ostriches are known to reach speeds in excess of 45mph (70km/h) and they can maintain a steady speed of 30mph (50km/h), making them the world's fastest two-legged animal.

Ostrich at Ngorongoro
Photo by Eric Thomson (from Flickr)