noun: ree-uh
plural noun: rheas

What is a Rhea?

The rheas are large ratites in the order Rheiformes, native to South America, distantly related to the ostrich and emu. Rheas are the smallest of the three. Large males of R. americana can reach 67″ tall at the head, 39″ at the back and can weigh up to 88 lbs. Their wings are large for a flightless bird with a wingspan of 8.2′ and are spread while running, to act like sails. Unlike most birds, rheas have only three toes and cannot fly. Their long legs help them spot predators over the tall grass and allows then to outrun predators. Grey and White are available.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Rheiformes
Family: Rheidae
Genus: Rhea

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