The ratites (or flightless birds) include the ostrich, the emu and the rhea.

Facts about ostriches

The ostrich is the largest and heaviest bird in the world. An adult breeding bird can weigh between 130 and 160 kg. Ostrich eggs have an average diameter of 15 to 20 cm and often weigh 1.5 kg. Ostriches cannot fly but can still reach top speeds of up to 65 km/h on foot!

Ideal environment for ostriches

Always provide fresh water and grit to stimulate digestion. Ostriches are curious animals that peck at anything that interests them. So be careful with shards of glass, plastic and metals, as this can damage the viscera of ostriches.

Ostriches usually live outside. A spacious meadow where they can roam freely and expend their inexhaustible energy. However, provide a well-closed shelter that protects them from extreme weather conditions.

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