Ostriches lay their eggs in a communal nest on the ground
Ostriches lay their eggs in a communal nest on the ground

All the females lay their eggs in a single nest that a male has scratched into the ground. And yes, that’s the male ostrich incubating the eggs. The male shares nest duty with the dominant female; the female broods during the day and the male at night. The dominant female sticks close by that nest, to be sure that her eggs stay right in the toasty center. She can recognize her own individual eggs by their pore patterns.

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