• Question: why do ostriches have quite long necks because girrafes do go they can eat leave off tall plants so y do ostriches????

    Asked by emily72 to Jo, Kevin on 22 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Kevin Mahon

      Kevin Mahon answered on 22 Jun 2012:

      Similar reason but the other way around – we believe ostriches have evolved long necks to reach to food on the ground and also so it can bury its head in the sand – a strange nautral behaviour!

    • Photo: Joanna Cruden

      Joanna Cruden answered on 22 Jun 2012:

      They need them to reach the food on the ground because they are so tall!

      I disagree with Kevin I think that burying their head in the sand is a myth, it just looks like they do because they lay on the ground and they lower their head and neck when the sense danger, from a distance it looks like there is only a body left