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Ostriches have long legs. Their legs allow them to run quickly. But ostriches are large and heavy. This makes it hard to turn. So ostriches use their wings to steer. Their wings help ostriches balance during sharp turns.

The ostrich is the only bird in the world with two toes. All other birds have three or four toes. Ostriches’ two toes help them run fast. Their claws also help them push off the ground.

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Making Connections


Would you want to see an ostrich in real life? Why or why not?


Have you read books about other birds? How are ostriches similar? How are they different?


Birds live all over the world. Can you think of any birds that live near you?

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