• May 30, 2018

All children and also some adults, want to know why the ostrich hides the head in sand. This question constantly arises at various forums, in blogs on it give various answers, but the question appears again and again as though it is the eternal interest of mankind. In fact the ostrich does not hide the head there, but as this fictional fact became a symbol of cowardice or excessive care at people, once you after all understand, this delusion arose.

The ostrich hides the head in sand: the myth or the truth
After run to exhaustion an ostrich so is tired that he falls flat-out to the ground, at the same time there can really be in sand with the head

a History of delusion

This fiction was born even in Pliny the Elder's works. In one of the compositions the Ancient Greek writer wrote once that ostriches consider themselves invisible if, having hidden the head in sand, nobody is seen. From this point some began take blindly on trust this statement and to distribute it, retelling another, and others – to look for confirmation to told and to study life of birds.

Scientists for many years tried to understand why ostriches hide the head in sand , they spent time in zoos, the wild nature, savannas, watching birds to find out whether the ostrich hides the head in sand and nevertheless came to conclusion that they are not present, does not hide.

The ostrich hides the head in sand: myth or truth

Real reasons

As the delusion leaned on the fact that thus the ostrich tries to disappear from wild animals, ornithologists managed to prove that in case of real threat the bird just runs away, and she can run with the huge speed reaching 80 km/h. at the same time ostrich's run differs from run of all other living beings in the fact that the runner can sharply change the direction of the movement, literally instantly. However after run to exhaustion the bird so is tired that she falls flat-out to the ground, at the same time really it can turn out in sand with the head just for the reason that under her legs at this moment there will be a sand, but not the firm soil.

But it does not mean at all that it specially puts the head in sand, trying to hide it thus.

Besides, during incubation of eggs of a female are forced to be spread on the ground, extending a neck and pressing the head to the earth to become less noticeable for the approaching enemies, and during sleep their heads lie on the surface of soil too.

By the way, when the bird selects a forage from the earth, only one her tail sticks out of a high grass that can also give prerequisites for incorrect interpretation of such behavior from the observer. And besides a forage, ostriches select the small stones necessary for them for full digestion from the earth.

the Curious facts about ostriches

In Ancient Egypt the ostrich was considered as a justice symbol because at all birds a feather fan on the right and to the left of a core of unequal width, and at an ostrich the core divides a feather into equal halves that is quite fair.

Romans exposed ostriches on the circus ring together with lions and tigers that those battled with each other.

In the ancient city of Nineveh existing more than 2500 years ago during excavation the hardened vessels from ostrich's eggs were found, it would be possible to put 30 pieces in each of which chicken.

Knights of the Middle Ages carried on helmets ostrich's feathers during hundreds of years then their began to carry women on the hats.

To weld ostrich's egg hard-boiled, 2 hours will be required.

An eye of an ostrich about 5 cm in size in the diameter, and both eyes weigh twice more than their brain.

The ostrich hides the head in sand: myth or truth

Thus, big and strong the bird an ostrich the habits and fictions which are given rise from their misunderstanding gave to the world a set expression the "ostrich's behavior" characterizing human attitude towards difficulties and problems often forcing people to close eyes to them thus to avoid them.

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