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About the Ostrich
The ostrich is the world's largest living bird. The ostrich is a flightless bird, but it can run up to speeds of 40 mph. It can sustained this speed up to 30 minutes. The bird is indigenous to Africa and is not an endangered species. The ostrich is the only bird that has two toes on each foot. An ostrich reaches its breeding maturity at about three years of age. An ostrich can live to be about 70 years old. They can weigh from 250 to 400 pounds and stand 6 to 8 feet tall. A hen can lay from 10 to 70 eggs each year. Each egg weighs about three to four pounds and is about 6 inches in diameter. The gestation period is 42 days. An ostrich will yield 70 to 100 pounds of meat, two to four pounds of feathers, and 12-15 square feet of leather. Ostrich do not put their heads in the sand.
About the Emu
The emu is a flightless bird second in size only to the ostrich. Emu eggs are very dark forest green in color, almost black. The texture of the egg is different for each bird. Each egg can weigh up to 1 1/2 pounds. Newly hatched chicks stand about 10 inches tall and have stripes like zebras, only beige and brown. These stripes begin to fade at two to three months of age. They reach their adult height of five to six feet around a 12 to 14 months of age. There are no visible differences between sexes. In general Emus can weigh up to 150 pounds, live up to 35 years or more, produce for 25 years, and lay 30 to 50 eggs per season with some laying over 100 eggs. In the wild the male will hatch the eggs and look after the chicks.
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Spy 5/6/12 Ostrich speeds down busy Saudi Arabian road - video
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