Greater Rhea

Lesser Rhea

This map shows the range of a number of different subspecies

Found in Eastern South America, it is also known as the America, Common or Grey Rhea. In Portugese it is known as Ema. It is found in grasslands, Savanna or wet grasslands. When fully grown it weighs 20-27kg, and can live to around 10.5 years. It is listed as near threatened with a population of unknown size. Its range in South America is large, covering 6.5 million square km (2.5 million square miles).

Back in the  90s 6-8 individuals escaped from a private zoo in Germany, and this population has grown to around 550 birds.

Also known as the  Darwins rhea. Its found on the Andean plateau as well as Patagonia.

Mostly a herbivore, it will take lizards and animals such as grasshoppers when the opportunity arises. They are listed as least concern and there are two subspecies (see the map to the right). While the main subspecies still has a range of 850,000 square km, and a population that is healthy, both other subspecies (found further north) have populations of only several hundred.

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