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Rheidae - Rheas



 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Struthioniformes
 Family: Rheidae

Greater RheaThere are two species of birds in this family. They are found on grasslands in South America.

Rheas eat leaves, roots, seeds, grass, insects, and small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Rheas have long necks; long, powerful legs; and shaggy gray feathers.

The male rhea mates with as many as 8 females. Each female lays as many as 20 eggs in a single nest. The male incubates the all the eggs for 35-40 days.

Male rheas have been known to incubate as many as 60 eggs at a time! The male cares for the chicks and charges after any threat that comes to close to his chicks!

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

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Greater Rhea - Rhea americana Near Threatened South America   Lesser Rhea - Rhea pennata Near Threatened South America