[Grasslands of Africa, formerly Middle East]
The largest of all living birds, the ostrich stands up to 2.75m tall and weighs up to 150kg. At 5cm diameter, their eyes are the largest of any terrestrial animal in proportion to their head. They possess great stamina, able to run at 50km/h for over 30 minutes at a time. Wild ostriches were nearly wiped out in the 18th century by feather collectors, but now farming ostriches supplies the demand. Current threats to surival include loss of habitat to agriculture and collection of their eggs.