Somali Ostrich Struthio molybdophanes

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A long-legged and long-necked flightless bird. Males have a blue-gray neck and legs, but the bill and front of the legs become pink when breeding. Females have dull flesh-colored legs and neck. Found in a variety of dry habitats, including grassland, thornscrub, and semi-desert. Often in small groups. Very similar to Common Ostrich, but males separated by their blue legs and neck and the lack of a white ring at the base of the neck. Females are separated by their pale eyes. The voice is a deep, lion-like booming.

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