Tuesday, 27 April 2010
ABC Wednesday, O for Ostrich
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When we were in Australia in 2008, we stayed in a caravan park in the Tablelands. One of the most attractive animals in this caravan park, was this male ostrich, even if it's not an indigenous animal in Australia. It was nice to see Ozzie at close quarters.
It's an interesting bird and the largest flightless bird of its kind. It's native to the savannas in Africa.
Ostriches usually weigh from 63 to 130 kilograms (140–290 lb), with exceptional male Ostriches weighing up to 155 kilograms (340 lb). The feathers of adult males are mostly black, with white primaries and a white tail. However, the tail of one subspecies is buff. Females and young males are greyish-brown and white. The head and neck of both male and female Ostriches is nearly bare, with a thin layer of down.. The skin of the females neck and thighs is pinkish gray, while the male's is blue or gray dependent on subspecies.
The long neck and legs keeps their head 1.8 to 2.75 metres (6 to 9 ft) above the ground, and their eyes are said to be the largest of any land vertebrate – 50 millimetres (2.0 in) in diameter; they can therefore perceive predators at a great distance. The eyes are shaded from sun light falling from above.
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