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Ostrich chick

Health points

25 (10hearts10hearts5hearts)

Attack strength

Easy: 2 (2hearts)
Normal: 3 (3hearts)
Hard: 4 (4hearts)


Opaque blocks with at least two block space above them.

Common drops

RawOstrich Raw Ostrich (0-2)

Rare drops

See Drops






Chick idle:


First appearances


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 slightly 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 upon death. Unihorned ostriches drop 0-2 unicorn horns, and wyvern 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 Edit

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.

Usage Edit

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, seeds, apples or golden apples.

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

Armor 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.

Decoration 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.

Storage Edit

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

Riding Edit

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

Whip Edit

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.

Renaming Edit

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
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 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 ostriches 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 world before ostriches can no longer lay eggs.

v6.1.0 release Edit

- Fixed ostrich/wyvern flying.

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 player.

- Fixed bug that prevented changing flag colors on ostriches.

v4.5.0 Edit

- Added three new types of ostriches.

- Ostrich overhaul:

Hatched ostriches won't follow the player.

Ostriches now can carry helmets that will reduce the damage received.

A chest can be given to an ostrich and they can carry a small inventory.

Cloth colored cubes can be given to saddled ostriches to make them carry colored flags.

Nether ostriches now are obtained by giving any tamed ostrich an essence of fire.

Nether ostriches will fly in a way inspired by the game 'Joust'. (It's tricky but fun!).

- Added three new types of ostriches:

Unihorned ostrich that is obtained by giving any tamed ostrich an essence of light.

They buckle animals in a similar way than with the unicorns.

Unihorned ostriches can drop a unicorn horn.

Black wyvern ostriches are obtained by giving a tamed ostrich an essence of darkness.

They can fly if the jump button is used on a timely fashion. They propel themselves forward once flying. 

 They're tricky but fun to control in the air.

Undead ostriches are obtained by giving any tamed ostrich an essence of undead.

v4.4.0 Edit

- Nether ostriches now lay nether ostrich eggs.

- Nether ostriches are now immune to fire.

- Ostrich 'head bobbing' reduced.

v4.1.2 Edit

- 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

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

v4.0.3 Edit

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

v3.7.0 Edit

- Added ostrich meat, turtle meat.

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

v3.6.2 Edit

- 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

Bug fixes:

- Tamed ostriches attacking the player holding wheat.

v3.6.0 Edit

- Added ostriches.

Ostriches spawn in plains and desert biomes. You can find male, females and chicks. The males will fight back if attacked. 

 The females and chicks will run away and hide their heads in the ground if attacked.

Beware of the normally passive female ostriches, they'll fight you if you steal one of its eggs.

Wild ostriches can't be tamed, but if you happen to 'acquire' an ostrich egg and hatch it, the chick will be tamed and will follow you around.

You can give your tamed ostrich chick a name. The name can be changed by interacting with the ostrich while holding a medallion or book.

Once the chick becomes adult, it will swap its feathers to reflect its gender. You can command your tamed ostriches by using a whip.

If you give an adult tamed ostrich a saddle, you can ride it. While riding, if you crack your whip on the ground, the ostrich will sprint for a short period of time.

Male ostriches are fast and the rare albino ostriches even faster.

Commands Edit

Command to obtain an ostrich egg:

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

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.

Gallery Edit

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Neutral: BeeBoarBlack BearEntGrizzly Bear

Hostile: Big GolemCrocodileHellratHorsemobMini GolemOgrePolar BearRatSilver SkeletonWild WolfWerewolfWraith

Tameable: Big CatBirdBunnyCrabDolphinElephant / MammothFishyFoxGoatHorseJellyfishKittyKomodo DragonManta RayManticoreMedium FishOstrichPandaPiranhaRaccoonScorpionSharkSmall FishSnakeStingrayTurkeyWyvern

Upcoming: ChimpanzeeMinotaurMedusaOgre Prince

Stationary objects: Kitty BedLitter BoxFish BowlEgg

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