February 18, 2016 – Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

Requested by: @terminaldysfunction

The largest bird species in the world, Ostriches are found in savanna and desert habitats of central and southern Africa. They reach speeds of up to 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour) while sprinting and have a powerful kick which can be deadly to predators such as lions. Their diet is made up of roots, leaves, and seeds, along with some insects, lizards, and other animals. Living in small groups with a main pair and several other females, multiple hens often lay their eggs in the same nest. The main hen lays hers in the center, then incubates the eggs during the day while the male incubates them at night.