What's for dinner? Ostrich eat plants, roots...

ZOO ZONE

May 23, 2001|By THE BALTIMORE ZOO

ZOO ZONE

What's for dinner?

Ostrich eat plants, roots, seeds, and insects.

Little Brain Big Bird... The ostrich is the largest bird, but it has a very small brain -- one-fourth the size of a human brain, smaller in size than the bird's eye! Ostriches eat vegetation, but they also ingest rocks and stones to help digest their food.

WILD FACTS

Do you know?

How tall are ostriches?

Answer: Some ostriches reach 8 feet in height.

Learn more!

Visit the ostrich at The Baltimore Zoo.

Read "The Lovely Lioness and Ostrich Chicks" by Verna Aadema.

1. Ostriches are unable to use their wings to fly. Instead, their wings are used during fighting and mating.

2. Ostriches have been clocked running 40 miles per hour.

3. It would take 13 chicken eggs to equal the same volume as ONE ostrich.

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