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Hybridization with the subspecies that evolved southwestwards of its range, S. massaicus, has apparently been prevented from occurring on a significant scale by ecological separation, the Somali ostrich preferring bushland where it browses middle-height vegetation for food while the Masai ostrich is, like the other subspecies, a grazing bird of the open savanna and miombo habitat.The population from Río de Oro was once separated as Struthio camelus spatzi because its eggshell pores were shaped like a teardrop and not round.
The Tree of Life Project, The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World and IOC recognize it as a different species, but Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World does not.
The wings also function as stabilizers to give better maneuverability when running.
Tests have shown that the wings are actively involved in rapid braking, turning and zigzag maneuvers.
The ostrich or common ostrich (Struthio camelus) is either one or two species of large flightless birds native to Africa, the only living member(s) of the genus Struthio, which is in the ratite family.
In 2014, the Somali ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes) was recognized as a distinct species.
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Their palate differs from other ratites in that the sphenoid and palatal bones are unconnected.