Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

This Ostrich had looked round at me and if to say what !! Carn’t you see I’m eating…. lol (-:

Description: Ostriches do not need to drink – they can make their own water internally and get the rest from vegetation.

Meaning of scientific name
Camel-like.

Subspecies
Four: North African, Somali, Masai, South African.

Life span
40 years.

Statistics
7ft (1.75-2.75m) tall, males up to 150kg, females 90-110kg, Stride length: 3-5m.

Physical Description
Ostriches are the largest living birds, and are flightless, two-toed, with long, powerful neck and legs.

Distribution
Originally, the ostrich occurred throughout Africa, except in evergreen forests and moist savannah. Their current distribution is Southern Africa.

Habitat
Mainly open semi-arid savannahs in Southern Africa.

Diet
Omnivorous, but mostly vegetarian. They eat roots, leaves, flowers and seeds of many plants. Most typical items include succulent plants. They may also eat occasional invertebrates and small lizards. Food collects in the crop then slides down the neck in a bolus. The ostrich has intestines 14m long so that it gets the most out of the tough plants it eats. They also swallow stones to help break down food in their gizzard, sometimes even diamonds!

Behaviour
They have a very flexible social system, and sometimes live alone but more often in groups. Ostriches can be very aggressive if threatened. They use their powerful legs and pick-axe claws to kick/slash at attackers. They spend much of the day feeding. Many of their social interactions with each other include short fights – usually settled with hissing and posturing. It is a myth that ostriches bury their heads in the sand.

Tags

bird, birds, camelus, dromaius, funny, grass, large, novaehollandiae, ostrich, struthio

Comments

  • jdmphotography
    jdmphotographyabout 4 years ago

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  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsabout 4 years ago

    Love it………well done great detail

  • Thanks Jeff your comments always appreciated ! …………

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  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you for the kind comments Olitto ! ……….

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  • Alexa Pereira
    Alexa Pereiraabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful image with super detail
    Alexa

  • Hi Alexa thank you for all your kind words ! ……. (:

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Your Welcome !

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  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • No problem Dave ! Thank you …….

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  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 4 years ago

    Excellent catch Jon.

  • Thank you for your kind comments my friend ! ………

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful close up, just love those big brown eyes.

  • Hi Andrea thank you for your lovely comments ! ……

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  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks again Rick ! ……

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  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, they are so inquisitive, lovely image :o)

  • Thank you again Josie for them wonderful kind comments ! ……

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