Meet the Ostrich

Ostrich Skull

The ostrich (struthio camelus) is the world’s largest bird. It is one of two species of flightless bird, but don’t feel badly for the ostrich, it can attain running speeds of over 40mph and is the fastest land bird (sorry road runner!)

When threatened, ostriches will flatten themselves to the ground to “disappear” – which is difficult for an animal that can grow up to 9′ tall and can weigh up to 340lbs. They will also try to run away. If neither of those strategies are successful, they will resort to kicking their predator.

Ostriches live in flocks of up to 50 individuals and feed on shrubs, fruits, flowers, and grass. You’ll find the noble ostrich in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. You can also find the one and only (we think) ostrich skull on the coast. Come visit Mr. Ostrich at the shop sometime!