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Ostrich

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Naturalis Biodiversity Center

The ostrich may be the biggest bird in the world, but it can’t fly. However, it can run very fast: around 65 kilometres an hour! It has very strong legs, with which it kicks out if attacked.

The ostrich is a very unique species in the bird world. For example, it only has two toes on each foot, which is unusual as all other birds have three or four. Ostriches lay large eggs measuring around 15 cm in length and weighing around a kilo. They are also extremely strong and will take the weight of a human. Ostriches sit on their eggs for between 6 and 8 weeks. They are emancipated animals: the male ostrich is mainly responsible for looking after its young.

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