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 50 videos
male and juveniles feeding Locality Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp australis)
Tom Heijnen 9 November 2013 33 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
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
male and juvenile feeding Locality Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp australis)
Tom Heijnen 9 November 2013 33 weeks ago 27 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 94 photos
All family searching for food along the coast.
Locality Cape Point, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp australis)
Libor Vaicenbacher 4 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 48 weeks 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 8 weeks ago 4.4
A pair mating.
Locality Réserve africaine, Sigean, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Georges Olioso 2 August 2007 5 years ago 4.4
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