Ostrich

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Ostrich
Male ostrich.pngFemale ostrich.pngAlbino ostrich.png
Ostrich chick.png
Ostrich Spawn Egg
Health points

25Heart.svg × 12.5

Behavior

Neutral (wild)
Passive (tamed)

Attack strength

Easy: 2Heart.svg
Normal: 3Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg
Hard: 4Heart.svgHeart.svg

Spawn

Opaque blocks with at least two block space above them.

Common drops
Rare drops

See Drops

Usable items

Saddle
Helmet
Chest
Wool

Experience

1–3

Sounds

Idle Hurt Chick idle Death

Internal ID

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Namespaced ID

ostrich

I know that the ostriches do not bury their heads in the ground. It is a myth, a cliche. As many may have guessed, I love nature and its creatures, that's why I spend so much time coding animals more than other kinds of mobs. However I couldn't resist to include the head hiding behavior, it's just hilarious and fun to see it in game.
DrZhark

Ostriches are tall tamable mobs found in the Overworld.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Ostriches spawn on grass and in deserts at light levels of 9 or more with at least 2 block space above. They often spawn in flocks of 1-4 during world generation.

Flocks can either come with males, females or chicks. There is a small chance of an albino ostrich spawning.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Ostriches will drop:

  • 0–2 Raw Ostrich, even if killed while on fire.
  • 1–3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.
  • 0–2 Heart of Darkness if wyvern variant (25% chance)
  • 0–2 Heart of Fire if nether variant (25% chance)
  • 0–2 Heart of Undead if undead variant (25% chance)
  • 0–2 Unicorn Horn if unihorned variant (25% chance)
  • 1 Saddle if equipped
  • 1 Chest + contents if equipped
  • Helmet if equipped
  • Wool if equipped

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Female ostriches and chicks will stick their heads in the ground if attacked.

Male ostriches are neutral, and females and chicks are passive. Males will only attack when hit. If a chick or female is attacked, they will panic, run around randomly and stick their heads in the ground. Tamed ostriches do not react to being hit. Ostriches emit screams when they are hurt and/or die.

Prior to v6.3.1, female ostriches could lay eggs occasionally. If the egg was picked up by the player, both the male and female ostrich would chase and attack the player.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

Ostriches can be 'bred', though only one ostrich needs to be fed, not both of them. The player needs to pair a wild male and female ostrich together and give the female ostrich a melon seed. Unlike other breedable mobs, no love hearts will be shown and no baby mob will appear. After a female ostrich has been fed a melon seed, it will take a few minutes for an egg to appear. When the egg appears, an in-game message will notify the player that the egg will hatch soon. When it does, the egg can be picked up, otherwise the chick will hatch wild.

Prior to v6.3.1, ostriches could be bred by leaving a male and female ostrich a few blocks away from each other, it didn't matter if there were any other mobs nearby. After a short period of time, an egg would then appear. The baby ostrich that hatched would not be tamed unless the egg was picked up and hatched by the player.

Taming[edit | edit source]

A group of ostriches along with an ostrich egg.

An ostrich can be tamed by hatching an ostrich egg. Unlike mobs that drop eggs, an ostrich doesn't need to be killed to get an ostrich egg.

Tamed ostriches can be healed by feeding them wheat, seeds, apples or golden apples. Tamed ostriches cannot lay eggs.

Essences[edit | edit source]

Feeding an ostrich an essence can cause it to transform. The table below lists the effects of the various essences ostriches will take.

To feed an ostrich, hold a valid essence and right click on the ostrich.

Food Effect
Essence of Darkness Turns an ostrich into a wyvern ostrich.
Heals wyvern ostriches.
Essence of Fire Turns an ostrich into an nether ostrich.
Heals nether ostriches.
Essence of Light Transforms a ostrich into a unihorned ostrich.
Heals unihorned ostriches.
Essence of Undead Turns an ostrich into a undead ostrich.
Heals undead ostriches.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Tamed ostriches can be equipped with saddles or crafted saddles, helmets, and chests. Chicks and wild ostriches cannot be equipped with anything.

Equipment can be placed on a ostrich by right clicking on the ostrich, or by accessing its inventory by Sneaking.

Protection[edit | edit source]

A helmet can be placed on a tamed ostrich to reduce the damage it receives. An ostrich can wear leather, gold, iron, diamond, fur, hide, reptile hide, or scorpion helmets. The only helmets ostriches cannot wear is chain helmets. If an ostrich is given a dyed leather helmet, the colour will not show, and the dyed helmet will return to normal if the helmet is removed.

Flags[edit | edit source]

All the 16 available colors of wool can be used on an ostrich to give it a flag. For example, giving an ostrich red wool will give it a red flag. If the ostrich is given a different color, the flag will change color again and the previous wool will be dropped.

To add a flag, right-click on the ostrich. It must already be tamed and have a chest, although a saddle is not required.

Storage[edit | edit source]

Ostriches can be equipped with a chest to give them 18 slots of inventory space.

An ostrich's inventory can be accessed by sneaking and right-clicking on the ostrich.

A chest can be given to a ostrich with the chest in hand, and afterwards the chest cannot be removed, except by killing the ostrich, with a scroll of freedom, or by placing the ostrich in a pet amulet. Upon death, the ostrich will drop the attached chest and its contents.

When an ostrich has been given a chest, an empty flag pole will be placed on the chest, so that a flag can be added.

Riding[edit | edit source]

A saddle or crafted saddle can be placed on an adult ostrich so it can be ridden. Ridden ostriches can be controlled with the standard directional controls, jump and the mouse. Pressing and holding jump will allow the ostrich to fly, but this only works on wyvern and nether ostriches, and it can be difficult to control them in mid-air.

Like other mounts, the hunger bar is replaced by the ostrich's health in survival or adventure mode. It uses a slightly different heart texture than the player's health bar. 

A whip can be used when riding an ostrich to give it a short speed boost. Using a whip when not riding it will make it remain stationary and have its head in the ground. If used again, the ostrich will pull its head from the ground and will be able to move again.

A medallion, book or name tag can be used to rename a tamed ostrich.

Variations[edit | edit source]

The four natural types of ostriches.

Ostriches will typically spawn using one of four different skins. Skins include brown (female), black (male), albino, and brown with spots.

There are four special variants of ostriches that can be created by giving a tamed ostrich a certain essence. After an essence has been fed to an ostrich, it can be used with another essence to be changed again.

Image Type Description
Light ostrich.jpg
Unihorned ostrich Can be obtained by using an essence of light on a tamed ostrich. They can charge at mobs in a similar fashion to a unicorn if a whip is used whilst riding one.
Wyvern ostrich.jpg
Wyvern ostrich Can be obtained by giving any tamed ostrich an essence of darkness. They can fly if the jump button (spacebar by default) is used in a timely fashion. They propel themselves forward once flying, and can be rather tricky to control in the air.
Nether ostrich.jpg
Nether ostrich A fireproof ostrich that can be created by using an essence of fire on a tamed ostrich, or by hatching an ostrich egg in the Nether.
Undead ostrich.jpg
Undead ostrich Can be obtained by giving a tamed ostrich an essence of undead. They do not decay over time. They also take damage from splash potions of Healing.

History[edit | edit source]

Version

v12.05[edit | edit source]

- Fixed ostrich not storing helmet data when equipped.

v6.3.1[edit | edit source]

- Fixed ostriches not laying eggs.

- Added configurable egg drop chance for ostriches.

- Female ostriches now require a melon seed in order to have the ability to lay a single egg. Only untamed female ostriches can lay eggs with a male ostrich close by.

v6.2.1 hotfix1[edit | edit source]

- Fixed ostrich eggs not hatching.

v6.2.1[edit | edit source]

- Female ostriches eggs are no longer sterile. Players must now pick up the eggs in order to hatch them.

v6.2.0 DEVR3[edit | edit source]

- Added new config option 'ostrichEggThreshold' which controls how many ostriches there can be in world before ostriches can no longer lay eggs.

v6.1.0 release[edit | edit source]

- Fixed ostrich/wyvern flying.

v6.0.0 DEV R3'[edit | edit source]

- Fixed ostrich crash.

v5.1.3[edit | edit source]

- Fixed bug when shearing ostriches.

v5.1.2 - DEV version[edit | edit source]

- Fixed male ostriches showing incorrect chest name.

v5.0.7[edit | edit source]

- Tamed ostriches no longer retaliate if attacked by player.

- Fixed bug that prevented changing flag colors on ostriches.

v4.5.0[edit | edit source]

- Added three new types of ostriches.

v4.4.0[edit | edit source]

- Nether ostriches now lay nether ostrich eggs.

- Nether ostriches are now immune to fire.

- Ostrich 'head bobbing' reduced.

v4.1.2[edit | edit source]

- Fixed bug that prevented tamed ostriches from being saddled (only works with new ostriches).

- Ostriches no longer spawn near light sources.

v4.1.2[edit | edit source]

- Fixed bug where ostriches would instantly die after being given an apple.

v4.0.3[edit | edit source]

- Fixed: horses, ostriches and dolphins can now jump!

v3.7.0[edit | edit source]

- Decreased the ostrich egg laying and spawning of new ostrich chicks.

- Added a new rare breed of ostrich.

v3.6.2[edit | edit source]

- Ostriches won't lay eggs if there are already more than 10 eggs in the world.

- Tamed ostriches will lay eggs that hatch tamed chicks.

v3.6.1[edit | edit source]

- Fixed tamed ostriches attacking the player holding wheat.

3.6.0[edit | edit source]

- Added ostriches.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Like tamed wolves, tamed ostriches can be given rotten flesh without the risk of food poisoning.
  • Nether ostriches fly in a way inspired by the game Joust.
  • When an ostrich has been given a hide or fur helmet, it appears to have small bear ears.
  • Unlike wyverns and horses, ostriches cannot wear horse armor.

Gallery[edit | edit source]