Struthio camelus

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Range and habitat:
The ostrich is found on the savanna and desert areas from central to southern Africa.

Natural diet:
Ostriches eat plants, grasses, roots, leaves, seeds and insects, and they get most of their water from the plants they eat.

Size / weight range:
Females are 5’7” to 6’2” with a weight between 200-240 pounds with a brown body. Males are 6’ to 9’ with a weight range between 250-350 pounds. Males have a black body with white on their wings.

Interesting facts:
The ostrich can run at speeds up to 45mph (72km/h). They are the largest bird in the world, and they also lay the largest eggs of any bird.
They are not globally threatened, but their numbers are declining due to habitat loss.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Africa! Exhibit

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