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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Ostrich

baby bear

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Ostrich

The ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird. A flightless bird that can never take to the skies, it’s built for running. Its long, thick, and powerful legs can cover great distances without much effort. Ostrich feet have just two toes for greater speed. When threatened, an ostrich runs away or defends itself with a forceful kick.

Why the wings? The ostrich holds its wings out for balance when running, especially if it needs to change direction suddenly. The wings are used most often, though, for displays and courtship. To show dominance, an ostrich holds its head up high and lifts its wings and tail feathers. To show submission, the head, wings, and tail droop down. An ostrich’s feathers are loose, soft, and smooth, giving the bird a shaggy look.

Look for these large denizens of Africa during an Africa Tram tour or Caravan Safari.