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Rhea, Lesser (Rhea pennata pennata)
Photo by Psilo,Bolton,UK

Rhea, Lesser (Rhea pennata pennata)

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Photo taken Knowsley Safari Park July 2004

Bird from Chile. Flightless but an excellent runner, being able to reach 40 mph, and similar looking to an ostrich. Height 36 to 37 inches. Sociable and polygamous, they can be seen in flocks of 30 or 40 birds. In the breeding season, the male has several females and all the eggs get put in the same nest, often reaching 30-50 in number. The eggs are incubated by the male for 40 days. He also takes care of the chicks, who reach the maturity at 3 years old.

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