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  Common Ostrich

      (Ostrich)

 

 

Struthio camelus

(1) M up to 2m; 70 kg

SEXES  M > F. Largest and heaviest living bird.

M  Mostly black with white wings and white or buff tail. Neck and legs almost naked.

F  Plumage greyish brown.

JUV  Resembles F, but smaller. Chicks unmistakable with 'hedgehog' down.

STATUS  Original wild population small and now mainly confined to Namibia, Botswana, N Cape and the Kruger National Park.

HABITAT  Open arid savanna woodland, shrublands and desert plains.

FOOD  Almost en­tirely plant material, pulled out of ground or stripped off plants.

CALL  Deep booming boo boo boooooh hoo given by M mainly in br season (not unlike lion's roar!).

BR  Polygamous. Nest a scrape in ground; eggs laid by one or more females. Males incubate at night and females mostly by day.

ALT NAME  Ostrich.

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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The amazing two-headed Ostrich

at Nxai Pan

Really??

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Mahango Game Park, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Mahango Game Park, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Etosha

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Savuti

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Nxai Pan

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

 

 

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