The Biggest Science Myths Debunked

Ostriches Hide Their Heads In Sand When In Danger

#12 Ostriches Hide Their Heads In Sand When In Danger

No, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand; it’s an optical illusion which we mistook for their strange habits! Ostriches are the largest flightless birds in the world, and also the largest bird in general. However, they have a far smaller head that looks like a design flaw.

When these birds bend their heads to pick on food fo the ground, it appears as if their heads are buried deep in the sand. If it were true, the poor bird would suffocate and die immediately.

Ostriches dig small holes in the ground where they lay their eggs. They check on their eggs several times a day by nudging them with their beaks, which appears as if their heads were buried underground.

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