North African Ostrich at Diergaarde Blijdorp, Rotterdam (Holland)
The North African Ostrich, Red-necked Ostrich, or Barbary Ostrich is the nominate subspecies of the Common Ostrich from West and North Africa. It is the largest subspecies, making it the largest living bird. The North African Ostrich can grow to 2.74 metres (9.0 ft) in height and up to 154 kilograms (340 lb) in weight. The neck is pinkish-red, the plumage of males is black and white, and the plumage of females is grey. North African Ostriches in captivity are mostly breeding populations in European and Middle Eastern zoos.
Diergaarde Blijdorp, officially Rotterdam Zoo, is a zoo located in the northwestern part of Rotterdam. It is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands, and has been operated by the Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde ("Royal Rotterdam Zoo Foundation"). Divided into several zoogeographic regions, the 26-hectare (64.25-acre) Blijdorp Zoo is home to more than 180 species. It also has a shop, multiple cafes, and an information centre. The zoo is a member of the Dutch Zoo Federation (NVD) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). In 2007, it celebrated its 150th anniversary.