Fact of the Day: The Largest Bird Eggs of the Planet

Did you know the ostrich is the bird that lays the largest eggs?

 

Ostrich eggs are 6 inches in diameter (across) and can weigh up to 3 lbs! They are huge because they come from the largest bird on the planet.

Ostriches are large, flightless birds (that means they can’t fly) that have long legs and a long neck that protrudes from their round body. Ostriches are bigger than any other bird in the world! Males (boy ostriches) have bold black-and-white coloring that they use to attract females. Females (girl ostriches), on the other hand, are light brown.

Ostriches are omnivores, which means they eat both vegetation (plants) and meat. Although they prefer plants (especially roots, seeds and leaves) they also eat insects, lizards, snakes and rodents. Wanna hear a weird fact? They also eat sand and pebbles, to help grind up their food inside their gizzard, which is a small pouch where food is crushed and ripped up before it reaches the stomach.