Common Ostrich

common-ostrich

Identification:

World’s largest bird with males weighing up to 156 kg.
Height 200-250cm, female shorter
Long bare neck
legs flesh-pink becoming brighter during the breeding season
Male:
Brownish black with white neck collar, wings and tail
Female and Immature:
Greyish-brown

Habitat:

Semi-desert, arid short-grass plains and open wooded savanna.

Behaviour:

Huge flightless bird with long, bare legs and neck. Males incubate at night and females mostly during the day.

Diet:

Feeds on grasses, seeds and leaves. In dry areas succulent plants are also taken. Takes sometimes insects and small vertebrates.

Vocalisation:

Mainly silent but makes occasional hissing sounds.
Male has a deep booming during the breeding season.

Breeding:

The nest is a shallow scrape in the ground. Usually the major hen lays 5 to 11 eggs and 2 to 5 minor hens lay 2 to 6 eggs each in the common nest. The young form large groups which are accompanied by one or more adults for the first 9 months.

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