Pittsburgh Zoo Ostrich

Ostrich [Struthio camelus]

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Quick Facts

  • Size: Up to 9 feet and 345 pounds
  • Lifespan: The ostrich can live for 40 years in human care.
  • Color: Black and white
  • Range: Central and South Africa
  • Habitat: The ostrich inhabits open country, desert areas, and dry savannah.

The ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird. It is unable to fly and does not possess a breastbone common to most birds.

The ostrich eats plant matter, including fruits, seeds and shoots, as well as some insects.

Female ostriches reach sexual maturity in three or four years and give birth to one or two young after an incubation period of 40 days.
  • Location in the Zoo: African Savanna