Greater Rhea | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Greater Rhea

Rhea americana

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The Greater Rhea is a large flightless bird found in South America. At around 1.2 m tall, Greater Rheas are busy eaters consuming seeds and plants as well as birds, insects or small mammals. Greater Rheas live in large flocks with the exclusion of breeding season.

Native Range →

Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina

Natural Habitat  →

Open woodland, grasslands, savanna

Diet  →

Grasses, insects and seeds

Life Expectancy  →

10-15 years in the wild. Up to 30 years in zoos

Breeding  →

3-5 eggs from a 35-45 day incubation

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Habitat loss, hunting

Fun fact

Unlike most other animals, male Greater Rheas are fully responsible for building of the nest and care of the eggs and chicks after hatching.

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