Bird of the day: An Ostrich
Can you identify an Ostrich?
Try it after reading. The ostrich is the world’s largest bird and is found exclusively in Africa. In Kenya, you can be able to see this species in places like Tsavo east National Park, or Maasai Mara. It is also measuring up to eight feet tall and weighing up to 300 pounds.
The ostrich has three stomachs, and unlike all other living birds, the ostrich secrets urine separately from feaces. This species is the fast runner of any birds or other two-legged animal and can sprint at over 70 km/hr, covering up to 5m in a single stride.
It has a small brain in comparison with their body and their responses are very primal. Ostrich meat doesn’t taste like other birds. Its meat is red like venison and the taste is similar to prime beef. The eggs are incubated by the dominant female by day and by the male by night, using the coloration of the two sexes to escape detection of the nest.
One ostrich egg is the equivalent of 25 chicken eggs. The ostrich has the largest eye of any land animal, measuring almost 5 cm across, allowing predators such as lions to be seen at long distances. Ostriches can go without drinking for several days, using metabolic water and moisture in ingested roots, seeds and insects.
This bird occurs in a range of open arid and semi-arid habitats such as savannas.
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