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Ostrich

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on May 19, 2011; last updated May 19, 2011
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Because of the desert environment where the ostrich lives, it has the ability to store enough water to go for months without drinking.

Design

Ostrich

Because of the desert environment where the ostrich lives, it has the ability to store enough water to go for months without drinking. An ostrich will eat rocks to help with digestion. How would the ostrich know that this would help it without the designed instinct given by its Creator?

Features

  • Males are black with white wing and tail feathers, while the females have a brown plumage with wings and tail a dirty white.
  • The ostrich is the largest living bird in the world.

Fun Facts

  • Ostrich eggshells are so hard that a grown man can stand on one without breaking it.
  • An ostrich can run up to 40 mph (64 km/h) to escape its predators or give them a swift kick which could kill them.
  • Ostrich fossils have been found in Europe and Asia.

Created Kind Members

Masai ostrich, Arabian ostrich

CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Struthioniformes (ratites)
FAMILY: Struthionidae (ostriches)
GENUS/SPECIES: Struthio camelus

Size: Close to 9 ft (2.8 m)
Weight: Up to 345 lbs (157 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Vegetation and sometimes lizards
Habitat: African plains, over much of the continent

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