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

Ostrich (CR 1; XP 400)
N Medium animal
Init +2; Senses low-light vision; Perception +8
DEFENSE
AC 13, touch 12, flat-footed 11
(+2 Dex, +1 natural)
hp 13 (2d8+4)
Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +1
OFFENSE
Speed 60 ft.
Melee claw +4 (1d6+4)
STATISTICS
Str 17, Dex 14, Con 14, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 11
Base Atk +1; CMB +4; CMD 16
Feats EnduranceB, RunB, Skill Focus (Perception)
Skills Acrobatics +6 (+18 when jumping), Perception +8
SQ crouch
SPECIAL ABILITIES
Crouch (Ex) An 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.
ECOLOGY
Environment desert, plains
Organization solitary, pair, pride (5–10), or flock (11–50)
Treasure none

Adult female ostriches average 6 feet tall and weigh about 220 pounds, with males averaging 7 to 9 feet and 250 pounds. Although they are likely to flee from predators when they can, ostriches are more than willing to stand and fight when trapped or defending their chicks; they're known to kick even lions to death in defense of their young.

A trained ostrich has a market price of 80 gp, whereas an egg is worth 25 gp. Because it's bipedal, an ostrich requires an exotic saddle.

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

Starting Statistics: Size Small; Speed 40 ft.; AC +1 natural armor; Attack claw (1d4); Ability Scores Str 13, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 13, Cha 11; Special Qualities low-light vision.

  • 4th-Level Advancement: Size Medium; Speed 60 ft.; Attack claw (1d6); Ability Scores Str +4, Dex –2, Con +2; Special Qualities crouch.