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South Central South America

Greater Rhea

Male rheas incubate up to 50 eggs laid by multiple females in the same nest, and then raise the chicks once hatched.

The wild population of the greater rhea has dropped significantly over the last thirty years due to overhunting for meat and skins. The US and Japan are the largest consumers of these products.

HABITATOpen plains
DIET Leaves, seeds, fruits, insects, frogs and snakes
LIFE Expectancy20 years

Fun Fact
If a human baby weighed 7 pounds at birth and grew at the same rate as an American alligator it would be 36 feet tall and weigh 150,000 pounds when fully grown.
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