What are Dinosaur Birds?
Cute little parrots, sparrows and big fearful raptors are not the only ones to occupy Bird Park Singapore. There are some big dinosaur birds, big enough that they cannot fly. Yes, the bird park keeps some species of birds that are descendants of the dinosaurs. This corner of Jurong Bird Park is inhabited by ostriches and ostrich-like birds including emus, cassowaries and rheas.
What are Flightless Birds?
Why can’t an ostrich fly when the pre-historic Peteinosaurus could? Apart from their big size and weight, the wings of the ostriches and other dinosaur birds are not strong enough. Thus, these birds cannot fly. The flightless birds are unique species of birds since they are descendants of the reptiles.
Not the Crossed Species
At first sight, the blue-headed Double-Wattled Cassowary at a corner of Bird Park Singapore seems like a cross of two species that are ostrich and the turkeys. However, it is not. This dino bird has a cushioned casque which helps it search food, and use against enemies.
Can’t fly, Run faster
It is true that the ostrich cannot fly, yet it runs faster than all the other fellows in the aves group of animals. It also has biggest egg and biggest eyeballs among the birds. You can know more about the family and social life of ostrich and other dino birds while visiting the Jurong Bird Park.
Do you know that ostrich can run as fast as 70 km per hour (43 mph) and is the fastest bird? The average egg size of an ostrich is 15 cm (long), 13 cm (wide) and weight about 1.4 KG (20 times the weight of a chicken egg).