Das Sexualverhalten des Afrikanischen Strausses (Struthio camelus).

Translated title of the contribution: The sexual behavior of the African ostrich (Struthio camelus)

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The African ostrich (Struthio camelus) is different from other birds not only because it is a running bird (Ratitae), but also because it urinates and the male bird has a penis. On a specialized farm in Israel the sexual behaviour of ostriches was studied. Courtship behaviour and mating have a very refined pattern. The copulation, which starts with an immission of the penis and ends with an orgasm, lasts about one minute. Most of the copulations take place during the morning morning hours. Occasionally, female ostriches demonstrate courtship behaviour to other females. Sometimes female ostriches mount other females as in the case of copulation.

Translated title of the contributionThe sexual behavior of the African ostrich (Struthio camelus)
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)538-541
Number of pages4
JournalTierarztliche Praxis
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1994


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