Record-Breaking Bird

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Ostrich is one of the over 60 extant species of flightless bird. Through evolution, they have lost the ability to fly.

Ostrich was once roamed all over Asia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. But now, wild ostriches’ habitat range has been reduced to sub-Saharan Africa due to extensive hunting.

The males are generally black with white plumes in the wings and tail, while the females are usually brown. The head and most of the neck are reddish to bluish in colour. The legs, including the thighs, are bare.

Let’s reveal the records held by the ostrich.

Largest and heaviest Bird

Yes, ostriches are the largest extant bird in the world. Ostrich stands taller than many humans, at 7 to 9 feet. Almost half of its height is the neck. With that, it is also the heaviest extant bird in the world. It can weigh up to 100 to 160 kilograms.

The only bird with 2 toes on each foot

Most of us know that birds have 4 toes on each foot. Do you? But this does not apply to ostriches. They are the only bird with 2 toes.

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Largest eyes of any land animal

Ostriches have a small head with a short and wide bill. It also has a very sexy pair of brown eyes with thick black eyelashes. This pretty eye is the largest among any land animal. It is about 5 cm in diameter, which is larger than its brain.

The thick black eyelashes help to prevent sand from entering their eyes. These big eyes help them identify moving objects as far as 3.5 km during the day and 50 m at night.

Lay largest eggs

Ostrich’s egg is approximately 150 mm in length by 125 mm in diameter. it is approximately 1.35 kg. That makes it the largest egg among any living land animal. With that, their offspring are also larger than any other bird baby. The size can be as big as a chicken.

Fastest birds on land

Ostrich runs at a speed of about 70 km/h. Their long legs can cover 10 to 16 feet in a single stride. While it is cruising on the ground, it used its wings as “rudders” to help them change direction.

Most farmed birds worldwide

The ostriches’ population in the wild has previously suffered owing to hunting. But now, ostriches are the most farmed bird in the world. Their feathers are usually used for decoration or making into feather dusters. Meanwhile, their skin is used to produce leather products. Though animal farming is cruel, it reduces the decline of the population of ostriches in the wild. Although ostriches are the least concerned species on IUCN Red List, their population continue to decline by more than 30% over 10 years due to habitat loss.