Order Struthioniformes

Family Struthionidae

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  • Huge, flightless, two-toed terrestrial birds with long, powerful neck and legs.
  • Afrotropical Region.
  • Savannas, semi-arid and arid open areas.
  • 175-275 cm.
  • 1 genus, 2 species, 5 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Folch, A. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Ostriches (Struthionidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52184 on 8 December 2019).