Some of the largest bird species that roam the earth – most of which can be found right here at  KL Bird Park! Meet our collection of ratites; flightless birds which are mostly enormous in size and have adapted well to life on the ground that they have lost their ability to fly. Instead, ostrich for example, is known to be one of the fastest moving creature on earth, due to its powerful long legs.

Ostrich, Struthio camelus, is the largest living bird species in the world. It can reach the height of between 1.8 meters to 2.7 meters with body weight of 90 to 155kg. Large, strong legs with two toes enable it to walk about with easy strides and to run fast, with a top speed of 64km/h. Ostrich can be found in various parts of Africa where it prefer open areas such as deserts and grasslands. It feeds mainly on leaves, seeds and even insects. Ostrich eggs are the largest of all eggs and weigh about 1.3kg. The content of one ostrich egg is equivalent to two dozen chicken eggs.

 
   

Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius, lives in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea and North-east Australia. On average it weighs 60kg and can live up to 50 years of age. It has coarse ebony black feathers, blue bare skin on the head and neck and a red wattle that hang from the neck. Southern Cassowary uses the horn-like bony casque on top of its head and its powerful legs to defend itself from enemies. The sharp nails on its inner toes can easily rip flesh so the Cassowary is capable of killing humans. This bird is now on the verge of extinction due to habitat destruction and human activities.
Emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, inhabits a variety of open-country habitats of Australia where they live in pairs or small parties and feed on plant matters and insects. During breeding season, female emus lay large, thick-shelled, dark-green eggs which the male will incubate until they hatch. Emus are now commercially farmed for their red meat, leather and oil. Emu oil is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and is widely used in the production of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
   

 

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