Ostriches -- a Curious Bird Indeed
By Linda March
University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
What is an ostrich anyway? You know, that big tall bird with a long, skinny neck, feathers,
big eyes, long legs, and runs a lot.
According to Dr. Pam Walker, large animal veterinarian at the University of Illinois College
of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana, "Ostriches are ratites. Ratites are a species of bird that
have no keel bone, are flightless, and have poorly developed pectoral muscles."
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