RHEAS   -   RHEIDAE


Greater Rhea - Rhea americana
Greater Rhea
Rhea americana araneipes
Pousada Piuval, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
The largest extant bird in the Americas, the flightless Greater Rhea can weigh up to 27 kg (60 lbs). It inhabits savanna areas of eastern South America. (S7)


Greater Rhea - Rhea americana
Greater Rhea
Rhea americana araneipes
Pousada Piuval, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
(S11)


Lesser Rhea - Rhea pennata
Lesser Rhea
Rhea pennata pennata
Punta Arenas-Punta Delgada Highway, Region XII, Chile.
A characteristic bird of the windswept Patagonian steppe. They are quite common in some areas. (S5)


Lesser Rhea - Rhea pennata
Lesser Rhea
Rhea pennata pennata
Punta Arenas-Punta Delgada Highway, Region XII, Chile.
This is probably a male incubating eggs. Only males incubate and care for the precocial young. (S5)


Lesser Rhea - Rhea pennata
Lesser Rhea
Rhea pennata pennata
Valdes Peninsula, Chubut province, Argentina.
(S6)


Lesser Rhea - Rhea pennata
Lesser Rhea
Rhea pennata garleppi
Laguna de los Pozuelos, Jujuy province, Argentina.
This is the smaller and darker high Andean subspecies, sometimes split as "Puna Rhea". (D6)


Lesser Rhea - Rhea pennata
Lesser Rhea
Rhea pennata garleppi
Cieneguillas, Jujuy province, Argentina.
(S8)




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