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alejandroguzman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 0 N: 92] (452)
Ostriches are of the Ratite family, which means flightless bird.
The Ostrich is the largest living bird in the world.
The Ostrich is native to Africa, yet thrives in countries all over the world.
Adult males are eight to nine feet in height and weigh 350-400 pounds. Females will weigh up to 300-350 pounds.
A male Ostrich is called a rooster or a cock and a female Ostrich is called a hen.
The male is black with white wing tips and tail plumes. The female has light brown and gray plumage and is slightly smaller than the male. When in season, the males will have bright red beaks, shins and sometimes neck. The hens will turn a silvery gray when in season.
This great bird only has two toes, all other birds have three or four toes.
The Ostrich can run at speeds of up to 40 MPH for sustained times.
An Ostrich will live to be 50 - 75 years old.


About Ostrich Eggs
How big are Ostrich eggs?
Although an ostrich egg is the largest of all eggs, it is the smallest egg in relation to the size of the bird. The Ostrich egg will weigh 1600 - 2300 gm (about 3.5 to 5 pounds) and is equivalent in volume to 2 dozen chicken eggs.
An Ostrich Hen can lay 40 - 100 eggs per year, averaging about 60 eggs per year.
Ostrich eggs hatch in 42 days.
An Ostrich chick grows one foot taller each month until it is 7-8 months old.
Generally, Females sit on eggs by day; males sit on eggs by night.

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alejandroguzman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 0 N: 92] (452)
Neat Image
Edited by:hummingbird24 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 851 W: 141 N: 19] (64)

I simply ran this wonderful image through NI, to reduce the noise in the BG and sharpen slightly.

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