Sounds & Calls

Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
Male Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

The Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a huge flightless bird found in savannas and arid habitats in southern, eastern and parts of north Africa. 

What does an ostrich sound like? Male ostriches make loud booming calls which can be heard from several kilometres away. Males inflate their long necks to make these deep booms which are often given during displays and to declare territory. Ostriches make other sounds including soft ‘booh’ calls as well as clucks, whistles, snorts, guttural sounds and bill snapping.

Listen to some examples of Ostrich calls and sounds below.