Masai Ostrich - Birds

Masai Ostrich - map of occurrence

Masai Ostrich

Struthio camelus massaicus

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: 100-160kg (220-350lb)
Height: 2.1-2.7m (7ft - 9ft)
Wild population:
Lifespan: 30-40 years
Gestation: max. 12 eggs from the alpha hen + up to 10 eggs from other hens in one nest, incubation after 40-60 days
Identification long neck and legs, males black body, females gray
Range: Kenya, Tanzania, south Ethiopia, south Somalia

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A large flightless bird native to Africa (and formerly the Middle East). It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at speeds of about 74 km/h (46 mph), the top land speed of any bird. The ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any bird species. Also has the largest eye of any land animal. Its eye measures almost 2 inches (5cm) across.
The diet of the ostrich mainly consists of plant matter, though it also eats insects. It lives in nomadic groups which contain between five and 50 birds. When threatened, the ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or will run away. If cornered, it can cause injury and death with a kick from its powerful legs. Territorial males fight for a harem of two to seven females.
The ostrich is farmed around the world, particularly for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used for feather dusters. Its skin is used for leather and its meat marketed commercially.

Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) - female savanna masai mara
Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) - female savanna masai maraMasai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) - pair sunrise savanna masai maraMasai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) - Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) - Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) -
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camera:NIKON D200
lens:Sigma 70-200 mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:400 mm
exposure time:1/250 s
location:Masai Mara, Kenya