Saturday, 27 August 2011

Facts about the Ostrich

The ostrich is equiped with strong powerful legs that allow the bird to roam the open plains with little difficulty, along with other special features to assist in coping with the relentless heat and dust.

1) Legs are huge and muscular for running at high speed and delivering defensive kicks. The thighs are naked to improve heat dispersion while running.

2) Feet on an ostrich have only two toes. This feature is unique among birds. The large toe has a flat nail for fast running, and the second two aids balance.

3) Wings on an ostrich are near enough obsolete. However, their uses are mainly for display and heat regulation.

4) The Bill has a broad gape that helps the ostrich dissipate excess body heat during the hottest hours of the day.

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