Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus
aka Masai Ostrich Appearance
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. Habits
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. Resident
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. Photographs
Photographed in Kenya's Nairobi National Park and Masai Mara.