They live in Southern African in the savannah and desert lands and get most of their water from the plants they eat which is how they survive the dry climate. Although they are too large and heavy to fly ostriches are very fast runners. They can sprint up to 43 miles an hour when at top speed. An ostrich's powerful, long legs can also be formidable weapons. Ostrich kicks can kill a human or a potential predator like a lion using their two-toed foot with its long, sharp claw.
Ostriches live in small herds that typically contain less than a dozen birds. Alpha males maintain these herds, and mate with the group's dominant female. All of the group's hens place their eggs in the dominant hen's nest—though her own are given the prominent center place. The dominant hen and male take turns incubating the giant eggs, each one of which weighs as much as two dozen chicken eggs.
Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand! At the approach of trouble, ostriches will lie low and press their long necks to the ground in an attempt to become less visible. Their plumage blends well with sandy soil and, from a distance, gives the appearance that they have buried their heads in the sand.
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