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Latin name

 

Struthio camelus

Family

 

Ground birds

Size

 

Height 2 m

Weight

 

82 kg

Colour

 

Male black with white plumes in wing, buff plumes in tail; legs and neck grey, naked; front of legs of male bright red in breeding season; female mostly brownish grey, including wing and tail plumes.

Appearance

 

Unlike any other bird.

Habitat

 

Bushveld to desert, but usually open country.