What’s the difference between Ostriches: Masai Ostrich and Somali Ostrich

The Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus) is also called the Pink-Necked Ostrich or the East African Ostrich.

The Somali Ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes) is also called the Blue-Necked Ostrich.

The male Masai Ostrich has a featheless pink neck, pink thighs, and pink legs.

The male Somali Ostrich has a featherless blue neck, grey thighs, and grey legs.

Masai Ostrich and Somali Ostrich

Male Masai Ostrich (left) and Male Somali Ostrich (right)

The Masai Ostrich is found in East Africa, in southern Kenya, eastern Tanzania, Ethiopia, and southern Somalia.

The Somali Ostrich is native to the Horn of Africa and Somalia. The location of the ostrich species overlaps in Somalia.

The Masai Ostrich is a grazer, feeding on grass.

The Somali Ostrich is a browser, feeding on plants and trees.

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Female Masai Ostrich (left) and Male Somali Ostrich (right)

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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