Ostrich

Struthio camelus

As the world’s largest and heaviest living bird, the ostrich can’t fly to get away from predators, but it sure can run fast—up to 40 miles per hour! It can also deliver a powerful kick, if a predator gets too close.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Africa
heightHeight: 5.7 to 9 ft
weightWeight: 198 to 287 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 50 yrs
habitatHabitat: Savannah, shrubland and desert
dietDiet: Seeds, leaves, fruit; some insects and carrion