Clumsy bodies resting on long legs, birds who cannot fly, ostriches have delighted many since observers first discovered them. Let’s start this article with some interesting Ostrich facts and later, we will jump to the life cycle of this fascinating bird.
Ostriches usually weigh from 139–320 lb (63 to 145 kilograms), or as much as two humans. At sexual maturity (around three years), male ostriches can be from 6 ft 11 inches to 9 ft 2 inches (2.1 to 2.8 m) in height, while female ostriches range from 5 ft 7 inches to 6 ft 7 inches (1.7 to 2.0 m) tall.
The long legs and neck keep their head up to 9 ft (2.8 m) above the ground, and their eyes are said to be the largest of any land vertebrate: 2.0 in (50 mm) in diameter, helping them to detect predators at a great distance. The eyes are relatively shaded from sunlight from above. However, the bill and head are comparatively small for the birds’ colossal size, with the bill measuring 4.7 to 5.6 inches ( 2 to 14.3 cm).
The ostrich’s diet comprises mainly of plant matter, though it also eats invertebrates and small reptiles. It lives in wandering groups of 5 to 40 birds. When approached, the ostrich will either hide by lying flat against the ground or just run away. If you make the mistake of cornering them, it can attack you with a kick of its potent legs. Mating months differ by geographical region, but territorial males battle for a stable of three to six females.
Ostrich Life Cycle
Ostrich eggs are large, 11 x 18 centimeters across, and weigh about 1400 grams (1.4kgs), with incredibly thick shells. They are shiny and white so that when presented to the sun for short times, they reflect the heat away, so the eggs don’t overheat.
A male ostrich guards the nest of eggs laid by many females that he has mated with. The ostrich eggs are normally laid in a nest; usually, a slight hollow scraped into the ground. Just one of the females who put the eggs will assist in hatching them, sitting on them all day. This female leads all her eggs into the center of the nest, the most sheltered spot because those around the edges have a weaker survival rate.
A female’s colors make her more difficult to see in the daylight as she sits on the nest. The male guards the eggs at nighttime, when his dark colors make him difficult to see.
The ostrich eggs hatch in about 35-40 days, and both the female and male look after the chicks. Ostrich’s strong legs don’t only carry them where they want to go – they’re incredibly effective when it comes to self-defense. However, the legs slowly turn weaker with age. Diseases like bird flu, cancer, and others have been observed in ostrich as they age
An ostrich can live 50 to 75 years, whereas they have been recorded to live around 40 years in captivity.