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Greater Rhea

Rhea americana

  1. Not Evaluated
  2. Data Deficient
  3. Least Concern
  4. Near Threatened
  5. Vulnerable
  6. Endangered
  7. Critically Endangered
  8. Extinct in the Wild
  9. Extinct

About Us

The greater rhea is the largest bird on the American continent. It is part of the ‘ratite’ family, a group of birds which ostrich, emu, kiwi and cassowary are also a part of. They are a flightless bird, with strong powerful legs, allowing them to run up to 35mph.

Here at Woburn we have four adult Rhea, our male ‘He man’, and our three females ‘superwoman’, ‘she-ra’, and ‘wonder woman’. You will find them out grazing the grass, sunning themselves, or during breeding season you will find the male sitting on his nest full of eggs, or with his chicks following him around!

Distribution
Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina
Habitat
Tall grassland, open woodland, wooded savannah and occasionally crop fields
Height
129 - 1 50cm tall
Weight
20 - 40kg
Lifespan
In the wild 10 -15 years, in captivity up to 30 years
Threats
Hunting for eggs, meat, feathers and skins