Ostrich, Jousting1
This human-sized bird has a long neck and legs sprouting from a round body covered in fluffy gray feathers.

Jousting Ostrich (CR 2; XP 600)
N Medium animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +4
AC 14, touch 12, flat-footed 12
(+2 Dex, +2 natural)
hp 26 (4d8+8)
Fort +6, Ref +7, Will +1
Defensive Abilities magma sight
Speed 50 ft, fly 20 ft. (poor)
Melee claw +6 (1d6+4)
Str 18, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 11
Base Atk +3; CMB +7; CMD 20
Feats EnduranceB, Hover, RunB, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Acrobatics +7 (+15 when jumping), Fly +4, Perception +4
SQ crouch
Environment deserts, mountains, plains
Organization solitary, pair, pride (5–10)
Treasure none
Special Abilities
Crouch (Ex) A jousting ostrich can hide in plain sight as a bush or shrub by crouching down and concealing its head and legs. It makes a Stealth check as normal, but anyone who observes it from within 30 feet automatically sees through the ruse.
Magma Sight (Ex) A jousting ostrich suffers not penalties to Perception checks due to volcanic ash, smoke, or heat. They also are not afraid of fire or magma.

One of several subspecies of marginally flight-capable, larger birds, jousting ostriches have been domesticated for military use in areas where horses would have difficulty moving, or would be uncomfortable in the climate. Wild flocks of these birds can still be found in wilderness areas, and are sometimes hunted for their meat, eggs, and feathers.

Adult female jousting ostriches average 6 feet tall and weigh about 200 pounds, with males averaging 7 to 9 feet and 220 pounds. Although they are likely to flee from predators when they can, jousting ostriches are more than willing to stand and fight when trapped or defending their chicks; they’re known to kick even manticores to death in defense of their young. A trained jousting ostrich has a market price of 180 gp, whereas an egg is worth 65 gp. Because it’s bipedal, an ostrich requires an exotic saddle.

Jousting Ostrich Companions
A jousting ostrich can be taken as an animal companion by a druid or cavalier. An ostrich companion possesses the following base statistics.

Starting Statistics: Size Small; Speed 40 ft., fly 20 (clumsy); AC +1 natural armor; Attack claw (1d4); Ability Scores Str 14, Dex 18, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 11, Cha 11; Special Qualities low-light vision, magma sight.

  • 4th-Level Advancement: Size Medium; Speed 50 ft., fly 20 ft. (poor); Attack claw (1d6); Ability Scores Str +4, Dex –2, Con +2; Special Qualities crouch.

Fringe regions of the Simoon wastes and the Glass Sea use jousting ostriches on a regular basis, as they seem to enjoy skimming the mirrored surfaces there.