Ostriches are the world’s largest flightless birds with long legs, long necks and light airy feathers. They are massive birds in both height and weight. To make up for their inability to fly, ostriches are capable of running at up to 43 mph. They can kick with their powerful legs. They use their keen eyesight to spot predators from a distance and will run away before they can be caught. Areas with dense vegetation can obstruct their escape routes. Ostriches are primarily herbivores but they will occasionally eat insects as well. They feed mainly on seeds, flowers, grasses and fruits. When they feed on insects, their most common prey is locusts, particularly during swarms. They live in savannahs, semi-arid climates, deserts and semi-deserts across Africa. Ostriches avoid forested areas. They are found in pockets across the African continent. They are not present in the forested areas close to the equator, but can be found north of this in Sub-Saharan open habitat. They are also found in southern areas of Africa.
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