A TAXIDERMY OSTRICH (STRUTHIO CAMELUS)
By repute from German West-Africa, Namibia, early 20th century
On oblong base, with sculped rockwork, beautiful plumage.
H. 183 cm
Today two subspecies are known, the common ostrich (Struthio camelus) and the Somali ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes), living in open arid and semi-arid habitats of savannas and Sahel both north and south of the equatorial forest zone of Africa. Escaped ostriches in Australia have established feral populations there.