About
Animal Facts
Common Name:
Ostrich
Scientific Name:
Struthio camelus
Behavior:
  • Live in groups that typically number in the teens, but can be much larger.
  • A dominant rooster and hen are at the top of the group hierarchy.
  • Running speeds can reach 45 mph with strides covering 10-15 feet.
  • Males "dance" by swaying, shaking feathers, moving wings, and stamping feet to impress a hen.
Diet:
Omnivore
Height:
8 ft
Weight:
300 lb
Life Span:
35 yrs
Gestation Period:
44 days
Number of Young:
7-10 eggs
Habitats:
  • Desert
  • Savanna
Fun Facts:
  • An ostrich egg may weigh four lbs, be equal to 20 chicken eggs in volume, support over 150 pounds, but is the smallest egg in relation to its body size among birds.
  • Hatchlings may stand one foot tall.
  • Their eye and brain are about the same size: two inches.
  • The wings are used in breeding displays and to help with balance and steering while running.
Threats:
  • Habitat Loss
Endangered Status
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)

The ostriches participate in their own medical care. They voluntarily step on scales for routine weighing. They will also stand and allow for hands on exams from veterinary staff while receiving a favorite treat.