What species of Ostrich you can expect to see on safari

Masai ostrich - Smart big birds with very scary raptor like feet. if you are lucky to spot a nest.. yes, those mini-rugby balls, beaming white oval things.. yes ostrich eggs.. I know what you are thinking .. ouch…

The ostrich or common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa.  It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs, and can run at up to about 70 km/h (19 m/s; 43 mph), the fastest land speed of any bird. The common ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest eggs of any living bird. When threatened, the ostrich will either hide itself by lying flat against the ground, or run away. If cornered, it can attack with a kick of its powerful legs. 

Try spot the difference: 

Masai ostrich - also known as the pink-necked ostrich or East African ostrich, is a large subspecies of the common ostrich native to East Africa. Today it is farmed for eggs, meat and feathers.

Somali Ostrich - neck and thighs are grey-blue, and during the mating season, the male's neck and thighs become brighter and bluer. The females are more brown than those of other subspecies. It generally lives in pairs or alone, rather than in flocks. 

spot these wonderful animals on any safari

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trying to take a photo of their feet. Look closely, you might think you've just seen a raptor foot!

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Ostrich And Chicks seen in the Maasai Mara on Kenya safari ©bushtreksafaris
Ostrich pair walk along the lake shore with Flamingo Lake Elementaita Kenya Safari ©bushtreksafaris
Ostrich Running Masai Mara on a Kenya safari in the dry season ©bushtreksafaris
Ostriches feeding as the sun sets over the maasai mara Kenya safari ©bushtreksafaris
Masai Ostrich Male & Female Run amboseli safari Kenya ©bushtreksafaris

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