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In many senses the ostrich looms large - the tallest and heaviest
of any living bird, a fully grown North African ostrich can reach
2.75 metres (9 feet) in height and weigh almost 160 kgs (350
pounds). It also lays the largest egg of any living bird. From its
eggs to its meat, skin and feathers, the ostrich has been exploited
by humans since history began. The demand for its feathers was so
great in Victorian times that vast fortunes were made from ostrich
farming, particularly in South Africa and the United States.
Following the First World War fashions changed, fortunes were lost
and new uses for the now domesticated ostrich had to be found.
Nowadays, the modern ostrich farmer not only produces plumes and
leather for the luxury market but also meat for the supermarket. In
addition to its sheer physical presence, the ostrich has long been
an object of curiosity and fascination, becoming a byword for
passivity while being feared for its aggression. It has featured in
art, literature, film and popular culture, been represented in cave
paintings, ancient medieval manuscripts and the Bayeux Tapestry,
shown in advertising and drawn as a cartoon character in many
modern films. Edgar Williams has provided a singular, comprehensive
insight into this extraordinary, outlandish bird, chronicling its
behaviour, history and habitat as well as its effect on our
culture. Featuring many striking illustrations drawn from nature
and culture, Ostrich will appeal to all those interested in birds
and the natural world, as well as anyone who follows fashion, art
or ancient history.
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