(Latin = struthio camelus, Afrikaans = Volstruis)
- Numbers: High
- Weight: 63 – 145 kilograms (139 – 320 lb.)
- Height: 2.1 – 2.8 Meters (6 ft. 11 in – 9 ft. 2 in).
The ostrich is the largest existing bird species, and it cannot fly but are very fast runners. Standing tall on long, bare legs, the Ostrich has a long, curving, predominantly white neck. The humped body of the male is covered in black patches and the wings and tail are tipped with white. The female is brown and white.
Ostriches are mainly vegetarian, eating grass, berries and seeds, though they will also eat insects.
Ostriches lay eggs and it takes between 35-40 days to hatch. The male, which has mostly black feathers, sits on the eggs at night, and the brown female who lays up to 20 eggs, covers them during the day.
Most wild ostriches are found in fragmented groups in West, East and South Africa with the majority living in protected game reserves on the east of the continent. They are well adapted to living in dry conditions.
When hunting the Ostrich shot placement is key. When it faces you front on, aim where the neck goes into the body. It has a big hump at the front side of its chest where the lungs are located. That is your aiming point when viewing it side on.