TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Do Ostriches Bury Their Heads in the Sand?

The coronavirus pandemic and its impacts may have us wanting to bury our heads in the sand like ostriches do. Or do they?

Do ostriches bury their heads in the sand?

According to National Geographic, no.

“Ostriches don’t bury their heads in the sand—they wouldn’t be able to breathe! But they do dig holes in the dirt to use as nests for their eggs. Several times a day, a bird puts her head in the hole and turns the eggs. So, it really does look like the birds are burying their heads in the sand!” it says.

According to another source, in a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single time an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so).

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