Common Ostrich
Struthio camelus
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The major ostrich hen and several minor hens lay their eggs in a single nest which the major incubates. The chicks hatch in six weeks and are out of the nest in three to four days. The upper scene was taken in Silale swamp (10-09). The middle photo was taken in Ngorongoro Crater (2-08), courtesy of Fain Zimmerman. The slideshow (click middle photo) includes photos of a major hen incubating, eggs, chicks and a nursery, as well as juveniles and adults. The 3rd row photo is of a mating pair (Ngrorogoro, 7-12) Click it to see a series which shows: the pair running, the male about 30 meters behind the female. The female stopped and the male dropped to the ground and rolled his head, neck and body back and forth (images 1-8) while the female stood with wings extended, slowly flagging (images 9 & 10). The male rose, ran about 10 meters toward the female, dropped to the ground and repeated the display three times. The female then dropped to the ground, the male mounted her and again repeated the back and forth head and neck motions during copulation (images 13 23).
 
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All unattributed images on this website are:
copyright © 2001-17 Ron Eggert or David Peterson
All other images are the property of the indicated photographers:
Ethan Kinsey, Fain & Roger Zimmerman, Dr. Maren Hilton, Karine Van der Vurst
Nani Schmeling, Alex Supady, Michael Bassler, Alex D'Ambrosio, Steve Dolberg

Last Update this page: 5-28-17