Common Ostrich | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Common Ostrich

Struthio camelus

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The Common Ostrich is the world’s largest bird. A flightless bird, an Ostriches' incredibly powerful legs have the capability of killing the most ferocious of predators, including a lion or a human. The Common Ostrich can run at speeds of up to 70 kph covering up to five metres with a single stride.

Native Range →

Central and Southern Africa

Natural Habitat  →

Open woodland or semi-arid plains (desert and savannah)

Diet  →

Herbivorous but can eat small lizards, snakes and insects

Life Expectancy  →

Unknown in the wild. 30-40 years in zoos

Breeding  →

7-10 eggs from a 42-46 day incubation

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, hunting, egg collecting

Fun fact

Common Ostriches eggs are the largest of any living bird. At 15cm long and weighing as much as two dozen chicken eggs, this is an impressive size!

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