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How do baby Ostriches survive?

on May 30, 2013

Previously we’re learned about honeyguide chicks managed to survive in the wild. Today we’re going to talk about another exciting bird species, the biggest bird in the world, the ostrich!


Ostrich chicks

The common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is the tallest, heaviest and largest bird in the world. They are beautiful and elegant creatures with many interesting facts about their behaviour.

Contrary to the honeyguides, ostrich chicks are precocial; this means that they are born covered with feathers, eyes open and ready to defend themselves from predators. Honeyguides on the other hand, just like all other perching birds, are altricial, meaning they are born featherless, with the eyes closed and extremely vulnerable and dependant on parental care.

Below you can see the difference between a precocial chick on the left and altricial chicks on the right.


Altricial chicks on a nest

Altricial chicks
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Precocial ostrich (Struthio camelus) chick

Precocial ostrich chick
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Being born already ready for action is a great advantage in terms of survival for an animal that only has speed as its main defence against predators.

Ostriches are gregarious animals that form flocks between 5 and 50 individuals. Because all the eggs are laid more of less at the same time, they also hatch more or less at the same time which they use in their advantage. By always being and moving as a group they increase their odds of survival. The adults in the group will accompany and defend all the chicks together. Stray ones will eventually be captured by predators or succumb to environmental circumstances.


Male Ostrich (Struthio camelus) with group of chicks

Male Ostrich with chicks
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Flock of ostrich (Struthio camelus) chicks

Flock of ostrich chicks
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Their survival technique is somehow similar to the baby wildebeest; as soon as they are born they are ready to move, defend and especially, run!

On top of being quite independent from birth, they rely on the adults from their group to defend them against anything with their big sharp claws that can disembowel an animal if needed with little effort.

Don’t mess with them!


I hope you liked learning about the amazing world of baby ostriches
Do you want to find out how baby chacma baboons and other animals survive?
Check out our “Series” page for the list of “Baby Animals: How do they survive?


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