Essay on The Ostrich
Ostrich is the largest living bird in the world. The ostrich is a very large African bird. It has a long neck, of about three feet. It has a small head and bill. It carries its head and neck erect. It has long legs. It cannot fly due to its heavyweight and small wings. Thus, they are flightless birds. It can even run faster than a horse and thus, is hard to catch.
Large male ostriches can reach a height of 9.2 feet and weigh over 150 kilograms. Eggs laid by the ostrich are the largest eggs among birds in the world today. The ostrich is so strong that it can carry a man. It protects itself by kicking with its strong legs. Its kick is so powerful that it can lame a horse or can kill a man.
As their eyes are very large, they can see their enemies at a great distance. Wild ostriches are very shy. They feed on flowers, grass, seeds, fruits, and leaves. Sometimes they also eat insects like locusts. Ostriches can remain thirsty for several days. They use water and wetness from the plants earlier swallowed. However, they do enjoy the water and often take baths where it is available.
The ostrich faces a variety of challenging attackers throughout its life. Animals that prey on ostriches include lions, spotted hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, etc. Common attackers of nests and young ostriches include Egyptian vultures and jackals. If the nest or young ones are in danger, either or both the parents may fight for their protection. However, sometimes they enter into severe fights with their enemies. They are capable of killing even their larger enemies like the lions.
Ostriches are hunted for their feathers. Their feathers are mainly used in making different kinds of hats. During hunting, they have a habit of running around in wide circles. This helps the hunter on a horse or in a jeep to throw ropes around its neck. Due to such a typical habit, ostriches are regarded as stupid birds.