Ostrich: Life On The Run, A
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This bird is really something special: it can neither sing nor fly – but it is able to run at a speed of 70 kilometres per hour, and can kill a man with a single kick of its powerful legs.
The ostrich is not only born to run – it is the largest living bird on earth: up to 2.5 metres tall and weighing nearly 150 kilograms, the males are truly impressive creatures. And they are great in many other ways, too: their eggs weigh almost two kilograms, with a volume equivalent to that of about 25 chicken eggs.
Although ostriches once roamed the open landscapes of Western Asia, today they are found only in Africa.
We follow the remarkable life of the ostrich over half a year: during this time, the male will have danced his way to impressing an array of females, battled potential rivals, and sat out in the baking heat, protecting his brood from any threat they might face. Eventually, when he has successfully led them across the scrub, he will have passed on his knowledge, giving them every chance of survival as they go on to raise their own families – prolonging the reign of these giant birds for many more years to come.
A Terra Mater Factual Studios and Mike Birkhead Associates Ltd. production in co-production with National Geographic Channel