Common Ostrich ( Struthio camelus, family: )

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Ostrich

Common Ostrich Kruger ParkThe Common Ostrich (Latin name Struthio camelus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 1 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 60 also a picture of the Common Ostrich on page 11. The Common Ostrich belongs to the family of birds classified as .

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Common Ostrich was called the Ostrich

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

common ostrich kruger national park birds The Common Ostrich is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a common resident

In terms of distribution of the Common Ostrich in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Common Ostrich : see above distribution map.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

The male and female Common Ostrich have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is .
  • Eye is .
  • Bill is .
  • Throat is .
  • Back is .
  • Legs are .

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Common Ostrich takes on more than a single mate (it is bigamous).

The nesting habit of Common Ostrich is extra limital

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Inciniba

Zulu ... iNtshe

Afrikaans ...Volstruis

German ... Strau

Portuguese ... Avestruz

French ... Autruche d'Afrique

Dutch ... Struisvogel

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 1

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,