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Struthio camelus australis

The ostrich is the world’s largest bird. It cannot fly, but it can run really fast – up to 70 km/h. This is much faster than cars in the city!

A single ostrich egg weighs up to 1.5 kilos – the same as 20-25 chicken eggs. A male and several female ostriches hatch the eggs in the same nest. The females typically take their turn during the day, and the male at night. That is because the male is black and thus difficult to spot when it is dark, whereas the female is brown so it is easier for her to hide during the day. When the eggs hatch, the ostriches gather in groups. This way, they can
better defend themselves against predators.

From May to October, the ostriches at Odense ZOO live on the savannah all day and night.

Grass, seeds, leaves, insects and small vertebrates
Life expectancy
In nature: 40-50 years. In captivity: 60 years
Male: up to 145 kg Female: up to 110 kg
Incubation period
42-46 days
IUCN status
Least concern (LC)