Japanese cranes

Because of their weight, which averages 22 pounds, Japanese cranes require a run of more than 30 feet to become airborne.

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Ostriches kick

Ostriches can kick with tremendous force, but only forward. Don't Mess with them!

3-room nest

The shadow bird always builds a 3-room nest. The third section is the nursery; the second is a pantry; and in the first, the male parent stands guard against intruders.

Ostrich egg

The largest bird egg in the world today is that of the ostrich. Ostrich eggs are from 6 to 8 inches long. Because of their size and the thickness of their shells, they take 40 minutes to hard-boil. The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.

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