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Struthio camelus (Linnaeus, 1776)

Ostrich diorama in the African Mammal Hall


 Evening‚ Serengeti Plains, Tanzania


 Thornton N. Snider

Background artist:

 Robert Russell Reid

Male ostriches are between 6 and 9 feet tall and weigh up to 340 lbs. Females are shorter and lighter. The legs and neck of male Masai and North African Ostriches are red during the mating season; those of the Somali Ostrich are blue.

Ostrich eyes are larger than those of any other land animal. Ostriches can run at speeds of up to 40 mph.

Biological Information

Range map for the Ostrich


Sub-Saharan Africa


Plains‚ open thorn bush country and deserts


Common within protected reserves


Leaves‚ shoots‚ insects and small vertebrates

Further information about this animal may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for Ostrich.