The ostrich feather is one of nature’s greatest miracles; its wonderfully bushy plumes are complemented by its deliciously soft and warming down.
The ostrich is an amazing bird, not just because it provides TV costume designers with the ostrich fringe: i.e. bushy feather tips that are affixed to a length of cotton tape which is then sewn onto a show gown or dance dress; but the ostrich is also amazing because of its sheer gigantic size. Its bountiful feathers are ideal for creating exciting feather boas whilst other ostrich plumes are used to adorn many styles of outfits and accessories such as handbags. Apart from the great volume of plumage, the ostrich also supplies superb leather to the Italian accessory industry to produce bags and wallets. The touch of ostrich leather is wonderful although the dark spots on the ostrich skin where the plumage grew can put some people off from buying ostrich leather. However, people in fashion are notoriously figure conscious and ostrich meat is incredibly tasty, nutritious and very low in fat content.
Farmed to perfection
The fact that the ostrich cannot use its amazing plumage to take to the air has helped to ensure the longevity of the species. Instead of shooting or trapping ostriches in the wild, they are farmed in many countries including the UK. Relatively easy to keep out in the open, but with protection from the elements, the ostrich gives a superb return on investment as so much of the bird can be sold. Feathers UK are, of course, extremely plentiful which is why fringes from ostrich plumage are so popular. In other words, you get a great many plumes to the pound!
If you are looking for a way to liven up an outfit or to turn a flower vase into an amazing display, then take a good long look at the ostrich. Yes, its beady black eyes are all-seeing and its beak can be a fearsome weapon, but as long as you remain out of kicking range the ostrich is a bird that is both an absolute marvel of mother-nature and a supply of plumes like no other bird on the planet.
It can run
In the wild, ostrich meat is much admired by the big cats but catching an ostrich for a pride of lions is a tall order as ostriches use their long legs, long necks and beady eyes to spot predators approaching a mile off. If a big cat does get close, then the ostrich can usually outrun it. The only big cat to outrun an ostrich is the cheetah but it is too small to bring down a big bird and so, unusually, the cheetah will team up with another cheetah and their combined weight is usually enough to secure a good meal for two.
Not endangered and farmed in the open, there is much to recommend about the ostrich prt from its amazing plumage.