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Papa was a flightless bird

Why ostriches on Father’s Day? Because male ostriches are more involved in the care and rearing of their young than many other wild animals. At night, the expectant ostrich dad sits on the eggs in the nest, his black plumage camouflaging him from predators. When the chicks hatch, papa ostrich teaches them how to forage for food and is their primary protector. Way to go, ostrich dad! We hope at least one of those baby ostriches remembers to call you today.


The ostrich or common ostrich is either of two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. In 2014, the Somali ostrich was recognized as a distinct species.
Speed: 31.07 mph (50 km/h) (Sustained speed)
Weight: 138.89 pound (63 kg) – 319.67 pound (145 kg) · 99.21 pound (45 kg) (At 1 year of age)
Scientific name: Struthio camelus
Height: 82.68 inch (210 cm) – 110.24 inch (280 cm) (Male) · 66.93 inch (170 cm) – 78.74 inch (200 cm) (Female)
Max speed: 60.27 mph (97 km/h)
Wingspan: 78.74 inch (200 cm)
Common ostrich male and females in Etosha National Park
Common ostrich male and females in Etosha National Park



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