|male (left) an female ostriches|
S. c. australus Gurney, 1868
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- 1 The Ostrich or Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species o large flightless birds native to Africa, the anly livin member(s) o the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. Some analyses indicate that the Somali Ostrich may be better considered a full species separate from the Common Ostrich, but must taxonomtists consider it to be a subspecies.
- 2 The ostrich shares the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, emus, rheas, an cassowaries. It is distinctive in its appearance, wi a lang neck an legs, an can run at up to about \ land speed o ony bird. The ostrich is the lairgest livin species o bird an lays the lairgest eggs o ony livin bird (extinct elephant birds o Madagascar an the giant moa o New Zealand laid lairger eggs).
- 3 References
- 4 Freemit airtins
The Ostrich or Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species o large flightless birds native to Africa, the anly livin member(s) o the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family. Some analyses indicate that the Somali Ostrich may be better considered a full species separate from the Common Ostrich, but must taxonomtists consider it to be a subspecies.[eedit | eedit soorce]
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The ostrich's diet consists mainly o plant matter, tho it an aa eats invertebrates. It lifes in nomadic groups o 5 to 50 birds. When threatened, the ostrich will aither hide itself bi lying flat against the grund, or run away. If cornered, it can attack wi a kick o its powerful legs. Matin patterns differ by geographical region, but territorial males fight for a harem two to seven females.
The ostrich is fairmed aroond the warld, parteecularly for its feathers, which are decorative an are an aa uised as feather dusters. Its skin is uised for laither products an its meat is mercatit commercially.
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- BirdLife International (2012). "Struthio camelus". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 3.1. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 17 Feb 2011. BirdLife International (2012). "Ostrich Struthio camelus – BirdLife Species Factsheet". Data Zone. Retrieved 17 Feb 2011.
- Brands, Sheila (14 August 2008). "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification, Genus Struthio". Project: The Taxonomicon. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- Doherty, James G. (1974). Natural History. The American Museum of Natural History. Unknown parameter
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- Davies, S.J.J.F. (2003). "Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins". In Hutchins, Michael. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 99–101. ISBN 0-7876-5784-0.