Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus)
aka Masai Ostrich

The Common Ostrich is a massive bird, 108" (270cm).
The adult male has a pink neck and legs that grow brighter during the breeding season. The head and neck are covered with whitish whisps of feather-like strands. His body is black, with white wings and tail, that often look muddy grey from soiling. He also has a small white 'collar' at the base of his neck.
The female has pale pink or creamy grey-brown neck and legs. The body is grey-brown.
Both sexes have huge brown eyes, 2" (50mm) in diameter.

The Common Ostrich is usually found as a group of one male and three females, although groups of up to 12 birds are not uncommon. For further details, please see Ostrich.

The Common Ostrich eats a variety of vegetable matter & large insects.

The Common Ostrich is found from central Kenya, southwards, in savanna and open grassland. Specifically, the best places to view Common Ostrich in Kenya are Nairobi National Park, Tsavo West NP, Laikipia and Masai Mara NP.

Extra Facts
The Common Ostrich does not "bury its head in the sand"! It will often attempt to avoid danger, by lying on the ground, pressing its neck downwards, resembling a rock or mound of sand, leading to the outcome of this fable.

Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park and Masai Mara.

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Common Ostrich ~ Portrait

A life-size portrait of the head of a male Common Ostrich in breeding plumage.

Common Ostrich ~ Male & Harem

A male and two female Common Ostrich, standing in the landscape of Kenya's Masai Mara.

Common Ostrich ~ Male in Breeding Plumage

Male Common Ostrich, showing bright pink neck and legs in breeding plumage, walking across Kenya's Masai Mara.

Common Ostrich ~ Female & Chicks

A female Common Ostrich in Kenya's Nairobi National Park, with her wings fanned out, to protect her chicks from the sun.

Common Ostrich ~ Comical

A comical photograph of three Common Ostrich, in a line, only showing one body, but with three heads sticking out at various angles.

Common Ostrich ~ Female Eating

Female Common Ostrich Eating

Common Ostrich ~ Female Portrait

A portrait of a female Common (Masai) Ostrich, with a fine set of feathers.

Common Ostrich ~ Fearsome Claw

A female Common Ostrich, walking across a murram road in Kenya's Nairobi National Park.  It's raised leg is clearly showing the foot with just two toes, one with a fearsome claw.

Common Ostrich ~ Mirrored

Portrait of a male Common Ostrich, 'mirrored' by one behind him.