In the original, they appear in three levels: Slippery Climb, Stormy Ascent (cut level) and The Great Hall. One is seen as Crash and Tawna's transport out of Cortex Castle. They usually fly in high-to-low pattern, but also fly from side to side in Stormy Ascent.
In Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Srikes Back, they appear in the levels Turtle Woods (in the secret area in which there are two of these birds) and The Pits where, upon seeing Crash, they fly at him along the floor. They can be jumped on or over in order to get past. This design reappeared in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex; only in the level Gold Rush. In Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure, the birds are seen in their Crash 2 models, they can be defeated by jumping or spinning them.
There are also ostriches in Turtle Woods. Provided you act quickly, they are more of a help than a hindrance. If you jump onto them quickly from the top while they're putting their head in the ground, you can access the higher boxes you need to get the clear gem. Due to their massive size, they can't be defeated, but the ostriches are harmless anyway.
|Crash Bandicoot Series Games|
|Main games||Crash Bandicoot (1996) • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997) • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998) • Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001) • Crash Twinsanity (2004) • Crash of the Titans (2007) • Crash: Mind Over Mutant (2008)|
|Crash Bandicoot racing series||Crash Team Racing (1999) • Crash Nitro Kart (2003) • Crash Tag Team Racing (2005) Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D (2008) • Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 (2010)|
|Crash Bandicoot party series||Crash Bash (2000) • Crash Boom Bang! (2006)|
|Handheld series||Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure (2002) • Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (2003) • Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage (2004) • Crash: Mutant Island (2009)|
|Cancelled games||Crash Bandicoot: Evolution • Cortex Chaos • Crash Online • Crash Team Racing (2010) • Crash Bandicoot 2010 • Crash Landed • Crush Bandicoot • Krome Studios pitch|