The Ostrich


3.25" x 5.25" (9 x 14 cm)
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The Ostrich is the largest of all living birds, standing from six to eight feet in height, and abounds in and around the deserts of Africa and Arabia. This bird is hunted for the sake of the quill feathers and plumes. Hunters report that the flesh is palatable and though its wings are useless for flight. They are of so much assistance in running that the bird can outstrip the fleetest horse. The Ostrich lays her eggs into a hole scratched in the sand and the cock bird relieves the hens in the task of incubation, which is aided by the heat of the sun.

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