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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 November 2009
Scientific Name
Struthio camelus
  • Struthioniformes
  • Struthionidae
  • Struthio
  • S. camelus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
2240 to 4640 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Pštros Dvouprstý
Danish (Dansk) Masaistruds
Dutch (Nederlands) Struisvogel
Finnish (Suomi) Strutsi
French (Français) Autruche d'Afrique
German (Deutsch) Strauß
Italian (Italiano) Struzzo Comune
Japanese (日本語) ダチョウ (Dachou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Struts
Polish (Polski) Strus Czerwonoskóry
Russian (русский язык) Страус
Spanish (Español) Avestruz
Swedish (Svenska) Struts
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