the itis logo The report logo for the ITIS data page
Go to Print Version

Struthio camelus  Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomic Serial No.: 174375

(Download Help) Struthio camelus TSN 174375

 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s): Ostrich [English]
    Common Ostrich [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassAves  – Birds, oiseaux  
                         OrderStruthioniformes  – Ostriches  
                            FamilyStruthionidae  – Ostriches  
                               GenusStruthio Linnaeus, 1758  
                                  SpeciesStruthio camelus Linnaeus, 1758 – Ostrich, Common Ostrich  
    Direct Children:  
                                     Subspecies Struthio camelus australis Gurney, 1868  
                                     Subspecies Struthio camelus camelus Linnaeus, 1758 – Ostrich 
                                     Subspecies Struthio camelus massaicus Neumann, 1898  
                                     Subspecies Struthio camelus syriacus Rothschild, 1919 – Arabian Ostrich 

  Expert: Alan P. Peterson, M.D.  
  Notes: PO Box 1999 Walla Walla, Washington 99362-0999   
  Reference for: Struthio camelus    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: CITES Appendices, 23-Jun-2005, website (version 2005)  
  Acquired: 2005   
  Notes: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES Secretariat:   
  Reference for: Struthio camelus   
  Source: IOC World Bird List (v 5.4), website (version 5.4), website (version 5.4)  
  Acquired: 2015   
  Notes: Gill, F., and D. Donsker, eds. 2015. IOC World Bird List (v 5.4). Available at [Accessed 25 November, 2015]   
  Reference for: Struthio camelus, Common Ostrich [English]   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Struthio camelus   
  Source: Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource, 2005.11.25, website (version 25-Nov-05)  
  Acquired: 2005   
  Notes: "Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource" maintained by Alan P. Peterson at   
  Reference for: Struthio camelus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Dickinson, Edward C., ed.  
  Publication Date: 2003   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, 3rd edition   
  Page(s): 1039   
  Publisher: Princeton University Press   
  Publication Place: Princeton, New Jersey, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-691-11701-2   
  Reference for: Struthio camelus, Ostrich [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Gill, Frank, and Minturn Wright  
  Publication Date: 2006   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Birds of the World: Recommended English Names   
  Page(s): ix + 259   
  Publisher: Princeton University Press   
  Publication Place: Princeton, New Jersey, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-691-12827-8   
  Notes: Includes a CD-ROM with the full dataset   
  Reference for: Struthio camelus, Common Ostrich [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Linnaeus, Carl  
  Publication Date: 1758   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Systema naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. 10th Edition. Vol. 1   
  Page(s): 823   
  Publisher: Laurentii Salvii   
  Publication Place: Holmiae (Stockholm, Sweden)   
  Notes: Available online at and   
  Reference for: original description   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Africa  



  Comment: See Miller et al (2010) re genetic structure and phylogeography of ostrich populations  
    Listed as Appendix I by the CITES Secretariat (2005) which notes: 'Only the populations of Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, the Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and the Sudan; all other populations are not included in the Appendices'  



 Subordinate Taxa  Rank  Verified Standards Met  Verified Min Standards Met  Unverified Percent Standards Met

A gray graphic bar
Search on:  Any Name or TSN  Common Name  Scientific Name  TSN
In:  Kingdom    

Disclaimer: ITIS taxonomy is based on the latest scientific consensus available, and is provided as a general reference source for interested parties. However, it is not a legal authority for statutory or regulatory purposes. While every effort has been made to provide the most reliable and up-to-date information available, ultimate legal requirements with respect to species are contained in provisions of treaties to which the United States is a party, wildlife statutes, regulations, and any applicable notices that have been published in the Federal Register. For further information on U.S. legal requirements with respect to protected taxa, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A gray bar