Somali ostrich (left) and a common ostrich on the right at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Laikipia
Camera trap image obtained by the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme and the EDGE Instant Wild Programme of The Zoological Society of London (edgeofexistence.org).
A ratite is any of a diverse group of large, flightless birds of the superorder Palaeognathae. There is still some controversy regarding the systematics involved. Some sources state that Ratites are synonymous with Struthioniformes, while other sources state that Ratites are the same group, only that the order Struthioniformes contains only the Ostrich and possibly the Elephant Bird. Ratites belong to the modern bird superorder Palaeognathae which consists of ratites and tinamous (compare to Neognathae). Unlike...