Savannah and semi-desert.
Grasses, seeds, leaves and flowers.
The ostrich is the largest living bird. It cannot fly but its legs are strong and powerful, allowing running speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph).
Both the male and the female take turns in incubating up to 20 eggs for approximately 6 weeks (42 days). The eggs are laid by more than one hen, in the same nest.
Hunting and habitat loss is the main conservation threat to wild ostriches.
Paignton Zoo's birds are part of a world-wide captive breeding cooperation that aims to help the red-necked ostrich thrive in its natural habitat.
- Latin Name: Struthio camelus camelus
- Class: Birds
- Order: Struthioniformes
- Family: Struthionidae
- Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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