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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Ostriches

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Struthionidae

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Ostriches are the largest and heaviest living birds. Males can reach a height of 2.4 m and a weight of 156 kg. It is no surprise that their eggs, weighing up to 1.5 kg, are also the heaviest of today's birds. In addition, ostriches can run fastest, at speeds above 70 km/h. A group of ostriches usually consists of a male, a high-ranking female and up to six subordinate females, who often lay their eggs in the nest into which the leading female has laid hers. The male hatches about 25 eggs and is replaced by a female while looking for food. Ostriches are mainly vegetarians who live from leaves and roots.

Struthio

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