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greater rhea
(Rhea Americana)


South American Countries


Open grasslands and woodland areas in lower altitudes of their range.

biological characteristics

Rheas are large, flightless birds with grey-brown plumage, long legs and long necks, similar to an ostrich. These birds can reach 5.6 feet (1.7m) and weigh up to 88 pounds (40kg). Their wings are large for a flightless bird and are spread while running, to act like sails. Unlike most birds, rheas have only three toes.

conservation status

IUCN listed as Near Threatened with a declining population.


  • Rheas are silent when adult, they only squeak softly when chicks.

  • The male rhea can incubate between ten and sixty eggs.

  • Male birds can employ subordinate males to help with the incubation process (if he wants a break).

  • Youngsters are mature at six months old, but will not breed until they are two years old.

fact file

Donkeys often live for 25 years or more. Some have been recorded as living to the ripe old age of 60, although a 40 year-old donkey is considered to be elderly.