Rhea americana

Diet: Omnivore; plant material, insects, small animals, reptiles

Lifespan: 20 years

Range/Habitat: South America Brazil to Argentina grassland

Conservation Status: NT near threaten

The Rhea can stand over 5 1/2 feet tall and weight close to 100 pounds. The large feathered wings. which are spread while running, balance the bird allowing them to make sudden sharp turns. The foot have 3 toes. The rhea is a polygamous breeder with a single male collecting the eggs of several females into a single nest. He then incubates, hatches and raises the offspring. Rhea features, leather and meat is a staple to many South American people.