The ostrich (Struthio camelus) is one of the most fascinating birds in the world. While on an African Safari and you have the chance to see ostrich in their natural habitat you will be amazed to exactly see the tallest ostrich or bird live in front of you. It’s not just the ostrich size, the ostrich feathers, the ostrich eyes, the ostrich head, the ostrich neck, the ostrich toes and legs; in fact all different ostrich body parts have a different story about the ostrich to tell.
Did you know that the tallest animal the giraffe is native to the African continent, The African ostrich also known as the world’s tallest flightless bird despite the fact that it is found in almost every zoo in the world, the ostrich (Struthio camelus) main natural habitat or geographical is
Africa. The next time you watch an ostrich movie or an ostrich video just keep in your mind that you are watching one of the greatest birds in history from the land which has been home from many amazing wild animals and the land where “ostrich burry their heads in the sand”.
As far as information about ostrich is concerned, there are many kinds ostriches. Despite a lot of ostrich protection and ostrich conservation in many of the ostrich habitat some ostrich became extinct such as the Syrian Ostrich (Struthio camelus syriacus). Why did the Syrian ostrich become extinct? Are there any other ostrich species that might become extinct? Has the ostrich become an endangered or near endangered species?
The Red-necked Ostrich
This ostrich is known as the North African ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus). Red-necked Ostrich is the most widely distributed ostrich species. With the civil unrest in may of the African continent, drought and deforestation and loss of natural habitat, the Red-necked Ostrich is on the verge of extinct. Standing at over 9feet the Red-necked Ostrich also known as the tallest ostrich species with its distinct pink neck.. We might be seeing the last of these ostrich species whose male have beautiful black and white feathers while the female Red-necked Ostrich have gray feathers.
The Somali Ostrich
The Somali ostrich (Struthio camelus molybdophanes), is found only in East Africa mainly
Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. The female Somali ostrich (Struthio camelus molybdophanes) feathers are larger than the male’s ostrich feathers. The Somali ostrich (Struthio camelus molybdophanes) ostriches have some white pigmentation and the female ostrich have a brownish color to attract the males with. The Somali ostrich (Struthio camelus molybdophanes) thighs and neck are composed of a grayish-blue color. During mating the Somali ostrich thighs and neck change to a deep blue color. In order to adopt with the existing deforestation, and habitat loss the Somali ostrich (Struthio camelus molybdophanes) has adopted in looking for food where there taller trees for cover and dense vegetation to get all the nutrients and for proper breeding grounds as well.
These are some of the frequently asked questions about ostrich and as far as the general information about their number in the wild and in captivity, the ostrich statistics is just in the hands of the very few people who own or raise ostrich in their ostrich farms or ostrich zoos.
Way back in history of the ostrich which dates back during the
Egypt civilization, the Egyptians were known to have been the first people to carry out ostrich farming. The reasons why they started ostrich farming was because of the nature of the ostrich as a gentle bird and due to the fact that people could use the ostrich feathers for various purposes, the ostrich skin was to be put into use and the fact that the ostrich could live in harsh conditions and required less food but depended on the vegetation found within the region. The famous Michael Jackson movie Black or white clearly shows the ostrich feathers which have been used to make ostrich fans where as in the movie “ Coming to America” it shows how the king was being cooled down by using ostrich feathers or ostrich fans as well.
Why were they using ostrich feathers? Well the surface are of the ostrich feathers was just the right size to blow as much air using less energy as far as the physics of ostrich feathers is concerned. With many decades down the road, ostrich farming in the present day Egypt made headway and given rise to many of the existing ostrich farms in many parts of the world.
While the Masai Mara is famous for its dangerous lion attacks or the man eaters of Kenya Uganda railway, the Mara region once again having the biggest animal migration is yet home to the ostrich and ostrich farms and ostrich breeding. The famous Masai ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) is mostly found in
Kenya where you have the big cats and the famous African Big Five as well. The Masai ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) is also at home in Tanzania on the border to the south with Kenya while a few ostrich population if the Masai ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) are also spotted on the northern Kenyan regions bordering Ethiopia and Somalia along the north eastern province.
Despite the fact that the Masai ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) is native to the Masai tribe, it is only recently when the Masai started ostrich farms and ostrich breeding. With a nomadic and pastoralist way of life being on the move, the fight between fresh water for their animals and greener pastures for their flock was of the greatest importance for the survival the African or Kenya Masai. The ostrich being the biggest flightless bird in the world had little or no vocabulary in the Masai community.
The ostrich also being considered as a bird was not of great importance as far as meat was concerned. With plenty of hears of cows which could sustain the whole clan, the Masai could not digest that the ostrich with all its amazing facts and usages could fit in their menu and part of their animals or birds to breed. The modern Masai Moran has made headway in taming and making ranches where ostrich in their natural habitat are being bred in what is own as Mbuni Farms is Swahili language meaning ostrich farms. Vast areas of Kajiado and Liotoktok are famous in the world for ostrich breeding, ostrich eggs and ostrich animal safaris as well.
Talking of animal attacks, ostrich attacks in the heart of the African continent have never ceased to amaze animal enthusiast. Just imagine this- the fastest animal in the world being by the ostrich which is the fastest flightless bird in the world. Although many of these ostrich attacks videos are rare to find, many ostrich attacks pictures have been captured in the nick of the moment showing the ostrich attacking a cheetah or a n ostrich attacking a hyena who is trying to make a meal out of the ostrich eggs or the ostrich babies. With very few African safari tourists making their way in many of the ostrich farms, spotting an ostrich fighting or an ostrich dancing is just breath taking. The few ostrich videos and movies which are online only gives you a glimpse of how these dangerous ostrich attack despite having a small head and a long neck which some say is just out of proportion to its amazing size.