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Ostrich chick
Health points 25 (10hearts10hearts5hearts)
Armor points 0 (0armour)
Attack strength Easy: 2 (2hearts)
Normal: 3 (3hearts)
Hard: 4 (4hearts)
Spawn Opaque blocks with at least two block space above them.
Common drops RawOstrich Raw Ostrich (0-2)
Rare drops See Drops
Experience 1-3
Sounds Idle:


Chick idle:


First appearances v3.6.0

Ostriches are tamable neutral mobs found in the Overworld.

Spawning Edit

Natural generation Edit

Ostriches spawn on grass and sand blocks at light levels of 9 or more with at least 2 block space above. They often spawn in groups of 4 during world generation. Groups can either come with males, females or ostrich chicks. There is a small chance of an albino ostrich spawning.


Ostriches are large mobs with long necks. They are a bit taller than the player (at least 2.2 blocks tall). The feathers of adult males are mostly black, with white primaries and a white tail. Females and chicks are greyish-brown and white. The head and neck of both male and female ostriches is nearly bare.

The skin of the female's neck and thighs is pinkish grey, while the male's is blue-grey, grey or pink. Albino ostriches are covered in a white plumage.

Drops Edit

Ostriches will drop 0-2 pieces of raw ostrich meat upon death. Light ostriches drop 0-2 unicorn horns, and dark ostriches drop 0-2 hearts of darkness. They drop 1-3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Behavior Edit


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

Ostriches typically roam the Overworld in groups of 3 - 4.

They wander around aimlessly; they avoid walking off cliffs high enough to cause fall damage, and usually stay out of water. If the player attacks a female ostrich or a chick, it will panic, run around and stick its head into the ground. If you attack a male, it will become aggressive and give chase. Baby ostriches will not attack the player. Ostriches emit screams when they are hurt and/or die.

Prior to v6.3.1, female ostriches could lay eggs, but if stolen, both male and female would attack the player.

Breeding Ostriches can be 'bred', however, it is slightly different compared to when breeding other mobs:

A female ostrich must be alongside a male and then fed a melon seed to lay a single egg. This will take at least 1-2 minutes. Once the ostrich lays an egg, walk over to the egg, and a message will appear. When it does, the egg can then be collected.

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 are any other mobs nearby). Tamed ostriches did not lay eggs. 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

Ostriches and egg

Two male ostriches, a female, and an ostrich egg.

Ostriches can be tamed by hatching an ostrich egg. Unlike many other mobs, an ostrich doesn't need to be killed to get an ostrich egg. To get an ostrich egg, you must find a female ostrich and pair it with a male ostrich.

Tamed ostriches can be healed by feeding them wheat.

Commands Edit

Command to obtain an ostrich egg:

Minecraft version Command
1.7 and later/give @p MoCreatures:mocegg 1 31

Equipment Edit

Geared dark ostrich

A fully geared dark ostrich.

An ostrich can be given different types of equipment for many purposes.

Helmet Edit

A helmet can be applied on a tamed ostrich to reduce the damage it receives. Many types of helmets can be used, including all of the player helmets.

Ostriches can wear helmets from either Minecraft or Mo' Creatures (it's also possible that they can wear helmets from other mods). Chain helmets cannot be put on ostriches. All of the others include reptile helmets, all four scorpion helmets and leather helmets. Leather helmets can be dyed but the color will not show up and when removed with shears, it will become normal.

Wool Edit

All the available colors of Minecraft wool can be used on an ostrich to give it a flag. For example, giving an ostrich red wool will result in a red flag. If the ostrich is given a different color, the flag will change to that respective color and the previous wool will be be dropped. To add a flag, the ostrich must already be tamed and have a chest, although a saddle is not required, and right-click on it with a wool block in hand.

Chest Edit

A chest can be used on an ostrich to carry a small inventory. Prior to v8.0.0 DEV, a key would appear in your inventory after the chest was given, which could be used to open the chest with right-click. The chest can be opened by sneaking and right-clicking on the ostrich.

Saddles Edit

Main article: Crafted Saddle

A saddle or crafted saddle can be applied to an adult ostrich so it can be ridden.

Whip Edit

Main article: Whip

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 begin moving once more.

Lead Edit

A lead can be used to lead an ostrich around (the ostrich does not have to be fully-grown to use it).

Medallion / book Edit

Main article: Medallion

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

Variations Edit

Ostrich types

The four natural types of ostriches.

Ostriches will typically spawn using one of four different skins. Skins include brown, black, albino, and dark spotted brown (ostrich chicks use this skin).

Other variants Edit

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

Image Type Description
Light 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.
Dark 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
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. Nether ostriches will lay Nether ostrich eggs.
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


v6.3.1 Edit

- 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

- Fixed ostrich eggs not hatching.

v6.2.1 Edit

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

v6.2.0 DEVR3 Edit

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

v6.1.0 release Edit

- Fixed ostrich flying bug.

v6.0.0 DEV R3 Edit

- Fixed ostrich crash.

v5.1.3 Edit

- Fixed bug when 'shearing' ostriches.

v5.1.2 - DEV Edit

- Fixed male ostriches showing incorrect chest name.

v5.0.7 Edit

- Tamed ostriches no longer retaliate if attacked by the player.

- Fixed bug that prevented changing flag colors on ostriches.

v4.5.0 Edit

- Added three new types of ostriches.

- Ostrich overhaul:

  • Hatched ostriches no longer follow the player.
  • Ostriches can carry helmets that will reduce the damage received.
  • A chest can be given to an ostrich so they can carry a small inventory.
  • Wool of different colors given to saddled ostriches to make them carry colored flags.

v4.4.0 Edit

- Nether ostriches now lay Nether ostrich eggs.

- Nether ostriches are now immune to fire.

- Ostrich 'head bobbing' reduced.

v3.6.1 Edit

- Fixed bug with tamed ostriches attacking players holding wheat.

v3.6.0 Edit

- Added ostriches.

Trivia Edit

  • 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. This is different compared to the metallic texture from diamond, iron and gold helmets.
  • Unlike wyverns and horses, ostriches can not wear horse armor.

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