Ostriches are interesting and unusual birds. About them it is known a lot, because they are bred like any other poultry. And how much does an ostrich weigh? Let's find out together this.
All about the weight of an ostrich
Ostriches of any breed are large, have strong legs and considerable weight. The largest representatives weigh up to 250 kilograms, and in fact it is exactly the same amount that three newborn baby elephants weigh. However, among the parameters of the weight of this bird there is something unusual. In addition to a rather large body mass, they also have very "heavy" eyes. Each weighs approximately 5 grams, and in the aggregate their weight is equal to the weight of the brain of the bird. Let's find out more about the weight characteristics of different species.
An adult grows to 2.5 meters, while the male reaches a weight of 160 kilograms, and the female 120. The growth of the female, respectively, is lower than the growth of the male, and ranges from 190 to 230 cm. The large mass and a large amount of muscle mass did Ostriches are attractive for breeding for food. Their eggs also go to food. By the way, the weight of an African-type egg is 2.5-3.5 kg.
Newborns who have just hatched do not weigh more than 2 kg. Moreover, it depends on how much the baby will weigh, how quickly it will develop. The largest chicks are usually stronger than their thinner brothers and sisters. The female bird per year is able to bring about 40 babies. Together, this number of juveniles can produce up to 2 tons of meat.
Another product is also used - leather, feathers. Forty young individuals produce about 50 square meters of skin. The African species is very large, and some individuals with a quality fattening can gain about 250 kg. The African female of this species of bird is the source of meat - from 80 to 95 kg of live weight. And how many feathers she gives! About 2 kg of raw materials used in the manufacture of souvenirs and jewelry.
At first glance it may seem that the birds are huge! This is true, because an adult in height can be compared with a small horse. Despite the impressive size, the small volume of the brain of these creatures makes them fearful and very close. Another interesting fact: the ancient Greek name of this creature translates as "sparrow-camel" (Struthio).
The smaller fellow African. An emu contains about 55 kg when it sits down to hatch eggs. During the incubation, he loses another 20 kg, almost a third of its gravity. The height of an adult individual is up to 2 meters, the maximum weight is 60 kg. Females differ not so much in weight as they are significantly inferior to males in caring for offspring. By the way, newborn chicks weigh about 400 grams (sometimes a little more).
After hatching, the Goryo babies have a mass of about 1.2-1.5 kg. After four months, recovering to 17-19 kg. After four years Goreyo gaining full weight. Surely you wonder how much an adult bird of this species weighs? Within 105-175 kilograms. The nestling of this species has a weight of up to 1.3 kg, and then gradually gains it.