Saturday, 9 January 2016

The Largest Bird In The World

The male ostrich is the largest bird in the world and can be seen in Kenya

Reaching a height of about 2.5 metres and weighing in at over 140 kilograms, this large flightless bird can be found in almost all the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Kenya. 
What they lack for in the advantages of being able to fly, they have made up for with their legs. An Ostriches long skinny legs are surprisingly powerful. They are built for distance running, sprinting and also act as an incredible weapon when it comes defending themselves. Their knock-out kicks have been reputed to break an opponents bones.

The use of wings nevertheless is still important to the ostrich. Wings are used to balance themselves while running, they act as a rudder when navigating sharp corners, they are openly displayed to intimidate predators or other competing ostriches, and their wings are also used during courtship. The male ostrich while trying to impress a female will perform an exquisite courtship dance that involves spreading and flapping his wings, squatting up and down from ground level and waving his flexible neck back and forth.

So the next time you see an ostrich on safari, remember these few facts and enjoy the beauty of this incredible bird.

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