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Struthio camelus australis

The ostriches are a family of flightless birds and amongst the largest bird species. Today ostriches are only found natively in the wild in Africa, where they occur in a range of open arid and semi-arid habitats such as savannas and the Sahel, both north and south of the equatorial forest zone.

The feathers of adult males are mostly black, with white primaries and a white tail. However, the tail of one subspecies is buff. Females and young males are greyish-brown and white. The head and neck of both male and female ostriches is nearly bare, with a thin layer of down. The skin of the female's neck and thighs is pinkish grey, while the male's is grey or pink dependent on subspecies.

  60-145 kg


  170-280 cm


  170-280 cm