Greater Rhea

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Greater Rhea
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Infraclass: Palaeognathae
Order: Struthioniformes
Family: Rheidae
Genus: Rhea
Species: R. americana
Binomial name
Rhea americana
(Linnaeus, 1758)[2]

R. americana americana (Linnaeus, 1758)[2]
R. a. intermidia (Rotschild & Chubb, 1914)[2]
R. a. nobilis (Brodkorb, 1939)[2]
R. a. araneipes (Brodkorb, 1938)[2]
R. a. albescens (Arribálzaga & Holmberg, 1878)[2]

The Greater Rhea, Rhea americana, is a flightless bird found in South America. The Greater Rhea is also known as Grey, Common Rhea, or the American Rhea. The species, first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

The Greater Rhea takes its scientific name from the Greek goddess Rhea and the Latin word for "America".

It has a length of 3–5 feet (0.91–1.52 m) and a wingspan of 5 feet (1.5 m). Weighing 50–55 pounds (23–25 kg), the Greater Rhea is the largest bird in South America.[3]

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