|Lesser Rhea Pterocnemia pennata
(aka Darwin's Rhea; Pterocnemia pennata)
Chilean name: Ñandú
|Torres del Paine, Chile
Lesser Rhea is often included with Puna Rhea R. tarapacensis in a single species. Lesser Rhea is distributed in Patagonia while Puna Rhea is distributed in northern Chile. The two groups are separated by a large area of unsuitable habitat.
|Lesser Rhea is found on Patagonian steppe often in association with guanaco or sheep.
Like other ratites, the female may mate with several males and it is the male that looks after the chicks as was the case with the birds in these photos.