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

Note:

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.