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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'': {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. In "Bunga The Wise," Bunga tells an ostrich who's scared of hyenas to hide her head in the ground to avoid seeing them. When the rest of the Lion Guard see her doing this, they point out that ostriches don't actually do such a thing. After they help the ostrich to pull her stuck head out, she complains about [[RealityEnsues how hard it is to breathe down there]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'': {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. In "Bunga The Wise," Bunga tells an ostrich who's scared of hyenas to hide her head in the ground to avoid seeing them. When the rest of the Lion Guard see her doing this, they point out that ostriches don't actually do such a thing. After they help the ostrich to pull her stuck head out, she complains about [[RealityEnsues [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome how hard it is to breathe down there]].


* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'', a mother ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Gastornis]]'' hides her head in the ground as she gets startled by a ''TyrannosaurusRex''. Her chick attempts to do the same, but the ground is too hard, so the chick knocks itself out.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'', a mother ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Gastornis]]'' hides her head in the ground as she gets startled by a ''TyrannosaurusRex''.''UsefulNotes/TyrannosaurusRex''. Her chick attempts to do the same, but the ground is too hard, so the chick knocks itself out.

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* The somewhat obscure song, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWAtPMsk8_Y Alphabet Song]]" by the Tinseltown Players, which lists off one animal by every letter of the alphabet, mentions the ostrich, who "hides his head in the sand", playing the trope straight.


* The ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''[[WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies The China Shop]]'': An ostrich figurine sticks its head into the base it is standing on when the [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyr]] starts throwing dishes. Its exposed legs and neck are promptly sliced through by a plate and it reassembles into a shorter bird.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' cartoon ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'': In ''[[WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies The China Shop]]'': An Shop]]'', an ostrich figurine sticks its head into the base it is standing on when the [[FaunsAndSatyrs Satyr]] starts throwing dishes. Its exposed legs and neck are promptly sliced through by a plate and it reassembles into a shorter bird.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn'' cartoon ''Mother Was A Rooster'', Foggy adopts a baby ostrich, who hides his head in the sand whenever Barnyard Dawg called him an "ugly chicken." When Foghorn and Dawg get their heads stuck in the ground in he end, the ostrich says "They left me all alone. Where did everybody go?"
* According to the back story of ''WesternAnimation/ChannelUmptee3'', Orson the ostrich lived his life with his head in the ground like the other ostriches. When he took it out and looked around, he saw that TheWorldIsJustAwesome and decided to share it with everyone through a TV show.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}'' episode, "Honest Ostrich", Stanley feels he let Marci down when he can't find a soccer ball she let him borrow for a big game, and he wishes that he could hide his head in the sand like an ostrich and forget the whole day. Dennis points out to him that Ostriches don't really hide their heads in the sand, and after finding out the truth in the GreatBigBookOfEverything, he finds out that Ostriches really duck their heads in the grass to avoid being spotted by predators. So they tell the kids that one myth is not true, and replace it with a variant on the myth instead? Ostriches don't hide their heads in the grass either to hide from predators. As the description says, they run.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' had an ostrich that gets her head stuck in quick-drying cement, alluding the "ostrich with its head in the ground" pose. This gets [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] by the characters, who point out how wrong this trope is.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''. In "Bunga The Wise," Bunga tells an ostrich who's scared of hyenas to hide her head in the ground to avoid seeing them. When the rest of the Lion Guard see her doing this, they point out that ostriches don't actually do such a thing. After they help the ostrich to pull her stuck head out, she complains about [[RealityEnsues how hard it is to breathe down there]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn'': In the ''WesternAnimation/FoghornLeghorn'' cartoon ''Mother "Mother Was A Rooster'', Foggy a Rooster", Foghorn adopts a baby ostrich, who hides his head in the sand whenever Barnyard Dawg called him an "ugly chicken." When Foghorn and Dawg get their heads stuck in the ground in he end, the ostrich says "They left me all alone. Where did everybody go?"
* According to the back story of ''WesternAnimation/ChannelUmptee3'', ''WesternAnimation/ChannelUmptee3'': Orson the ostrich lived his life with his head in the ground like the other ostriches. When he took it out and looked around, he saw that TheWorldIsJustAwesome and decided to share it with everyone through a TV show.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}'': In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}'' episode, "Honest Ostrich", Stanley feels he let Marci down when he can't find a soccer ball she let him borrow for a big game, and he wishes that he could hide his head in the sand like an ostrich and forget the whole day. Dennis points out to him that Ostriches don't really hide their heads in the sand, and after finding out the truth in the GreatBigBookOfEverything, he finds out that Ostriches really duck their heads in the grass to avoid being spotted by predators. So they tell the kids that one myth is not true, and replace it with a variant on the myth instead? Ostriches don't hide their heads in the grass either to hide from predators. As the description says, they run.
* An ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'': One episode of ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' had has an ostrich that gets her head stuck in quick-drying cement, alluding the "ostrich with its head in the ground" pose. This gets [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] {{lampshaded|Trope}} by the characters, who point out how wrong this trope is.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''.''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'': {{Deconstructed|Trope}}. In "Bunga The Wise," Bunga tells an ostrich who's scared of hyenas to hide her head in the ground to avoid seeing them. When the rest of the Lion Guard see her doing this, they point out that ostriches don't actually do such a thing. After they help the ostrich to pull her stuck head out, she complains about [[RealityEnsues how hard it is to breathe down there]].



* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' episode "The Show Must Go On" has ostrich ballet dancer Madamoiselle Soretoza, who would bury her head in a sandbox [[ThePrimaDonna if things don't go her way]].
* Invoked in a "Back to the show" [[AdBumper ad bumper]] for ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg''; Wendell spooks an ostrich so it can bury its head in the sand, allowing him to pluck its plumage to use as FluffyFashionFeathers.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' where during a game of hide-and-seek, Rolf does this at an attempt to pick a more optimum hiding spot.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' episode ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'': "The Show Must Go On" has ostrich ballet dancer Madamoiselle Soretoza, who would bury her head in a sandbox [[ThePrimaDonna if things don't go her way]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'': Invoked in a "Back "back to the show" [[AdBumper ad bumper]] for ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg''; bumper]]; Wendell spooks an ostrich so it can bury its head in the sand, allowing him to pluck its plumage to use as FluffyFashionFeathers.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' where where, during a game of hide-and-seek, Rolf does this at an attempt to pick a more optimum good hiding spot.



* In ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' episode "The Hungry Ostrich Empire", Jack brings an ostrich to Oggy's house for him to petsit. It sticks its head into the floorboards whenever someone tries to hurt it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'': In ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' episode "The Hungry Ostrich Empire", Jack brings an ostrich to Oggy's house for him to petsit. It sticks its head into the floorboards whenever someone tries to hurt it.


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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyAndFriendsE56TheGoldenHorseshoes1 The Golden Horseshoes, Part 1]]", when the ostrich-like Skree at scared by something, they respond by hiding their heads in the soil. This is more effective than most examples, however, as doing so also turns the Skree into visually unremarkable rocks.


SubTrope of ArtisticLicenseOrnithology. See also HeadInTheSandManagement.

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SubTrope of ArtisticLicenseOrnithology. See also HeadInTheSandManagement.
HeadInTheSandManagement and SafeUnderBlankets.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow'': This is how Go-Go Gomez exposes the Brow and Oodles' plan to win a horse race by using an ostrich disguised as a horse. He frightens the ostrich which screeches to a stop (and sends Oodles flying off of it) and buries its head in the ground.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow'': This In "Horse Race Chase," this is how Go-Go Gomez exposes the Brow and Oodles' plan to win a horse race by using an ostrich disguised as a horse. He frightens the ostrich which screeches to a stop (and sends (sending jockey Oodles flying off of it) and buries its head in the ground.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow'': This is how Go-Go Gomez exposes the Brow and Oodles' plan to win a horse race by using an ostrich disguised as a horse. He frightens the ostrich which screeches to a stop (and sends Oodles flying off of it) and buries its head in the ground.


* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': In "Donald's Pumbaa Prank", [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} an ostrich ballerina]] hides her head in a cake when [[Disney/TheLionKing Pumbaa]] is about to make a gigantic fart.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': In "Donald's Pumbaa Prank", [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Fantasia}} an ostrich ballerina]] hides her head in a cake when [[Disney/TheLionKing [[WesternAnimation/TheLionKing1994 Pumbaa]] is about to make a gigantic fart.


* No ostriches feature in ''VideoGame/AvianAttorney'', but the Prime Minister of France describes the King as ostrichlike in his determination to ignore bad things.

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* No ostriches feature in ''VideoGame/AvianAttorney'', ''Avian Attorney'', but the Prime Minister of France describes the King as ostrichlike in his determination to ignore bad things.



* Creator/TexAvery's ''WesternAnimation/SlapHappyLion'' has a lion roaring so loud that it scares off an ostrich, who sticks his head in the sand, then lifts the piece of ground head and all and runs off with it.

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* Creator/TexAvery's ''WesternAnimation/SlapHappyLion'' ''Slap Happy Lion'' has a lion roaring so loud that it scares off an ostrich, who sticks his head in the sand, then lifts the piece of ground head and all and runs off with it.


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* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''. During the ''Baby Be Mine'' segment the camera shows a shot of the circus animals taking a rest at night, including a mother (or [[AnimalGenderBender father?]]) ostrich and her two baby birds, sticking their heads underneath the sand.

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* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}}''. During the ''Baby Be Mine'' segment the camera shows a shot of the circus animals taking a rest at night, including a mother (or [[AnimalGenderBender father?]]) ostrich and her two baby birds, sticking their heads underneath the sand.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' episode "The Hungry Ostrich Empire", Jack brings an ostrich to Oggy's house for him to petsit. It sticks its head into the floorboards whenever someone tries to hurt it.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide:'' One strip has an ostrich doing this, with a lion crouched next to him and peering down the head-hole. "I seeeeee you!"


Nevertheless this UrbanLegend keeps popping up in comic strips and cartoons and has even become a metaphor for people too frightened to do something about an important problem. Instead of taking action they prefer sticking their heads under the ground and wait until the problem goes away by itself.

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Nevertheless this UrbanLegend keeps popping up in comic strips and cartoons and has even become [[AnimalMotifs a metaphor metaphor]] for people too frightened to do something about an important problem.problem or in deep denial about it. Instead of taking action they prefer sticking their heads under the ground and wait until the problem goes away by itself.



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* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' where during a game of hide-and-seek, Rolf does this at an attempt to pick a more optimum hiding spot.


* ''Film/Bumblebee2018''. Bumblebee does this on the beach, thinking it would hide him if other peoeple are around. Yes, he honestly forgot to ''[[ForgotAboutHisPowers transform into vehicle mode]]''.

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* ''Film/Bumblebee2018''.''Film/{{Bumblebee}}''. Bumblebee does this on the beach, thinking it would hide him if other peoeple are around. Yes, he honestly forgot to ''[[ForgotAboutHisPowers transform into vehicle mode]]''.

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