The ostrich carries the distinguished title of being the biggest and heaviest bird on Earth. It is further distinguished by the fact that it can no longer fly, but has learnt to adapt despite this peculiarity. The ostrich can run very fast, reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h. They are grazers and lovers of shiny things. As a result of this odd obsession, hunting ostriches is prohibited near diamond mines (mostly in Namibia and Botswana), as they have been known to swallow diamonds.
The male ostrich, with its black plumage, is known as the more beautiful of the species; while the female, with her brown feathers, is not quite as fetching. The reason for this is that it is the male's role to attract the females.