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The ostrich is the largest bird in the world, reaching a height of two meters. It has a long neck and long legs, does not fly, and can run at a speed of 65 km/hour. It lives in Africa and is farmed all around the world.
An adult male reaches 2.7 meters in height and weighs approximately 170 to 200 kilograms. The females are slightly smaller. The plumage of the adult males is mainly black, with some white feathers at the wings and the tail. The females and the young males are gray-brown, with a touch of white.
It is a diurnal animal with acute vision, and belongs to a species of birds which includes a similar bird (emu) that lives in Australia.
Ostriches live in herds of 5-50 animals and usually travel in company of other migratory animals, such as antelopes or zebras. The ostrich has been adapted to a life that depends on running in order to avoid predators. It has only two large toes in its feet and is clearly a nomadic animal that constantly searches for food. It never stays away from water sources, since it needs approximately 5.5 liters of water a day.