Struthio camelus (Ostrich)

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Struthio camelus (Ostrich)

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The Ostrich (struthio camelus) is a member of a group of birds known as ratites, that is they are flightless birds without a keel to their breastbone, and are native to Africa. Of the 8,600 bird species which exist today, the ostrich is the largest. Standing tall on long, bare legs, the Ostrich has a long, curving, predominantly white neck. The humped body of the male is covered in black patches and the wings and tail are tipped with white. The female is brown and white. These huge birds, which sometimes reach a height of 2.6m and a weight of 135 kg, cannot fly, but are very fast runners.
Ostriches were almost wiped out in the 18th century due to hunting for feathers. By the middle of the 19th century, due to the extensive practice of ostrich farming, the ostrich population increased. The movement changed to domesticating and plucking ostriches, instead of hunting. Ostriches have been successfully domesticated and are now farmed throughout the world, particularly in South Africa, for meat, feathers and leather. The leather goes through a tanning process and is then manufactured into fashion accessories such as boots and bags.

26th March 2011 – FEATURED in “Shameless Self-Promotion”
30th March 2011 – FEATURED in “Fantastic Primitive Art”
1st April 2011 – FEATURED in “Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge”
2nd April 2011 – WINNER in the challenge $20 Voucher CHALLENGE: Ostriches in “African Art & Photography”
1st July 2011 – FEATURED in “Wildlife of Southern Africa”
27th August 2017 – FEATURED in “60 and Beyond”

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