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Free images -  Birds - Ostrich

These images have been photographed at and posted with the very kind permission 
of the Toronto Zoo  and the White Rock Ostrich Farm (Ontario)
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the Toronto Zoo, 
please CLICK HERE.

The South African Ostriches are located 
in the African Savanna Section 
of the Toronto Zoo.

If you would like to visit 
the White Rock Ostrich Farm in Rockwood, Ontario, please CLICK HERE.


Thank you to Deborah S. for access to the farm and photo permissions.

 

 

Struthio camelus australis is commonly known as the South African Ostrich or Southern Ostrich and is found exclusively in southern Africa. 

Ostriches are the largest, tallest and heaviest birds on earth.  They are part of the Struthionidae Family in the Struthioniformes Order which consists of birds that are classified as "Ratites".  Ratites are a group of birds that do not fly.  This Order also includes Emus, Rheas, Cassowaries and Kiwis.

Males and females look different with males having a dark, almost black plumage.  The females are a lighter grayish brown.  Struthio camelus australis does not have feathers on its head, neck and thighs but they are instead covered with fine hairs.    

Males may be 1.8 to 2.8 meters in height and may weigh 100 - 160 kg.  (250-350 lbs)

Females may be 1.7 to 2 m high and weigh 90 to 110 kg.

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White Rock Farm Ostrich - 4   (Female)

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Toronto Zoo Ostrich - 1  (South African Female)

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Toronto Zoo Ostrich - 2   (South African Female)

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Did you know...

that Ostriches can run very fast?  They can run 70 kilometers an hour (40 mph) and maintain that speed for 15 minutes at a time. They can cover 3 to 5 m in a single stride.  Not just for running, their feet also act as weapons and they can deliver a 400 lb kick that can disembowel a predator that is more powerful than a kick from a horse.  The personnel at the White Rock Ostrich Farm informed me that the juvenile Ostriches were much more tame.  Female full-grown ostrich were also rather docile, but the males were something very much to be afraid of.  Guarding their females and the laid eggs, the males paced beside their fencing on high alert.

 

 

White Rock Farm Ostrich - 1   (Red-necked Male)

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White Rock Farm Ostrich - 2   (Red-necked Male)

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The White Rock Ostrich Farm is home to S.c. camelus or the North African or Red-Necked Ostrich; S.c. molybdophanes or Blue-Necked Ostrich; and S.c. domesticus or  African Black Ostrich.

Notice the very long neck and long legs.  

Did you know...

that ostriches sometimes live alone, but tend to live in groups of 5-50 birds.

 

Toronto Zoo Ostrich - 3    (South African Female)

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Why are the wings of that ostrich drooping?

Ostriches use their wings to regulate their body temperature.  In cold weather, they wrap their wings around their bodies to trap in the heat.  In hot weather, such as on the day that the Toronto Zoo ostriches were photographed, the birds were keeping their wings away from their bodies.  By exposing and uncovering their large legs, they allow heat to dissipate and cool their body. If you see a bird like the one above, don't be alarmed, there is nothing wrong with him, he's just hot! 

 

Toronto Zoo Ostrich - 4    (South African Female)

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Toronto Zoo Ostrich - 5    (South African Female)

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Toronto Zoo Ostrich - 6    (South African Female)

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White Rock Farm Ostrich - 3   (Red-necked Female)

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White Rock Farm Ostrich Foot - 1

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The Ostrich is the only bird that has two toes (all others have three or four).  The large toe also has a claw.  

 

White Rock Farm Ostrich Foot - 2

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White Rock Farm Ostrich Foot - 3

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White Rock Farm Ostrich Foot - 4

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is simply because 
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Did you know....

There are about 10000 species of birds in the world!

Birds have hollow bones which help them to fly!

 

 

Did you know....

Hummingbirds can fly backwards!

The smallest egg comes from a hummingbird and is the size of a pea.  The largest comes from an ostrich and is the size of a cantaloupe.

 

 

Did you know....

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly!

Males of most bird species are more colourful with beautiful feather shapes!

 

 

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Mocking birds can imitate sounds!

Herons & Egrets were killed by the thousands so that their feathers cold be used to decorate women's hats!

 

 

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Barn owls swallow their prey whole.  After digestion, they cough up the prey's bones & fur!

 

 

 

 

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