Ostrich (Struthio camelus) - HBW 1, p. 83
French: Autruche d'Afrique
Taxonomy: Struthio camelus Linnaeus, 1758, N Africa.
Race molybdophanes might be separate species; may be sympatric with camelus in NE Kenya. Race syriacus recently extinct; possible race spatzi of doubtful validity. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- camelus Linnaeus, 1758 - W & S Sahara, Sahel.
- molybdophanes Reichenow, 1883 - Somalia to Kenya.
- massaicus Neumann, 1898 - S Kenya to Tanzania.
- australis Gurney, 1868 - S Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 51 videos
male and juveniles feeding Locality Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp australis)
Tom Heijnen 9 November 2013 43 weeks ago 27 sec 4.9
A dorsal and a ventral view of a walking female. Locality Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Tanzania (ssp massaicus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 17 February 2012 2 years ago 38 sec 4.8
A ventral view of a foraging male on the savanna. Locality Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Tanzania (ssp massaicus)
Pieter de Groot Boersma 17 February 2012 2 years ago 23 sec 4.7
A female manoevres an egg back into its nest; a male stands next to them Locality Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, England, Great Britain
Joe Angseesing 2 June 2011 2 years ago 34 sec 4.6
Close up of Ostrich chicken near Satara Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Ghislain Gosse 16 October 2014 9 weeks ago 20 sec 4.5
A female resting on its tarsi and standing up Locality Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Ethiopia (ssp molybdophanes)
Josep del Hoyo 20 December 2005 8 years ago 22 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 96 photos
Male in the bush
Locality Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania
Nicos 22 January 2015 21 min ago ADDED TODAY! 5
All family searching for food along the coast.
Locality Cape Point, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp australis)
Libor Vaicenbacher 5 years ago 4.6
Female bird searching for food
Locality Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Cindywutsch 6 September 2012 1 year ago 4.6
Ostrich (Struthio camelus), male
Locality Mkomazi National Park, Tanzania
Jacques Erard 15 July 2012 1 year ago 4.5
adult male portrait
Locality Tsavo East National Park, Kenya (ssp molidophanes)
Marco Valentini 5 February 2012 2 years ago 4.4
Chick foraging. Part of a large family
Locality Nairobi National Park, Kenya
James Kashangaki 18 October 2014 18 weeks ago 4.4
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