The Greater Rhea is not in the same family as the African Ostrich, although they closely resemble each other. For example, the Greater Rhea is also a flightless bird, but can run very fast when frightened. It can defend itself by spreading its wings furnished with large spurs.
The male’s cry during mating season sounds like “nan-doo”, hence one of its common names, Ñandú.
The male develops a dark collar at the base of the neck during breeding season and is slightly larger than the female.
Roots, fruit, seeds, leaves, insects and small vertebrates.
Tall grass of the pampas
Number of eggs per nest:
35 – 40 days