Ostriches, as opposed to the build, have much longer necks and longer torsos. Ostrich legs are typically fairly thin, but with this set of proportions, the build looks alot more like a chocobo from Final Fantasy. (especially the head)
Oh, I love those round parts; they look good and don't even restrict the poseability!
The gold was meant to be a bit like a racing stripe (mere senseless detail for the sake of looking neat (that, and I have limited gold))
Yeah, i've been paying extra attention to detail and texture and the like, it's good to see that people notice
I'll definately be keeping this lil' feler for a while, at the very least i'll keep the head in case I want to use it again later.