Ostriches don't need to drink - they can make their own water internally and top up with what they can extract from vegetation. During the 18th century, it became fashionable to wear feathers and ostriches were hunted almost to extinction to satisfy demand for their large plumes. Once it was discovered that they could be farmed successfully, in 1833, the pressure on wild ostrich populations was lifted.
Did you know?
The eye of an ostrich is almost 5cm across, the largest eye of any land animal.
Scientific name: Struthio camelus
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Steve dares Naomi to stand on ostrich eggs, with smashing consequences!
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Cheetah coalitions take prey by surpise with co-operative hunting.
Three cheetahs work as a team to bring down prey as large as an ostrich. They'll have to watch out for the bird's powerful feet as its sharp toes can inflict a terrible blow. But first they have to see how close they can get before they're spotted...
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Ostrich can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Ostrich distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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