Ostrich (Struthionidae)

Ostrich (Struthio camelus) - HBW 1, p. 83

French: Autruche d'Afrique German: Strauß Spanish: Avestruz

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.

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