The biggest egg in the world
Ostriches are so unique and different to any other animal including members of their own family – the Ratitae Family. They are pre-historic animals with many fascinating attributes. I want to share just some of them with you.
- One Ostrich Egg is equivalent to 24 hen’s eggs.
- One Ostrich Egg can take up to 1, 5 hours to boil.
- During the mating season (June- November) the male ostrich’s beak and legs turn red/pink to attract the female for mating.
- Ostriches can’t choke on their food.
- The ostrich brain weighs about 40 grams and one eye about 60 grams.
- Ostriches do not have sweat glands.
- Ostriches can’t fly and use their wings for cooling and balance.
- They don’t stick their heads in the sand/ ground. This is an urban legend.
- Natural life span is 50 – 60 years; and they will be fully grown after only 18 months.
- Ostrich can run at a speed of up to 70 to 80 km per hour.
- They have brilliant eye-sight which means they can see an object as far away as 3,5km during the day time.
- Male Ostrich has black feathers and the female has grey feathers; perfect to camouflage when sitting on the nest.
- The male Ostrich is called a rooster and sits on the eggs during the night and the female ostrich is called a hen and sits on the eggs during day-time.
- A group of ostriches is called a flock of ostriches.
- The ostrich egg is the biggest in the world but interestingly is the smallest egg in the world when compared to its body size.