|Puna Rhea Rhea tarapacensis
(aka Lesser Rhea, Pterocnemia pennata tarapacensis)
Chilean name: Suri
|Lauca N.P., Chile
Puna Rhea is often included with Lesser Rhea R. pennatain a single species known as Lesser Rhea. Puna Rhea is distributed in northern Chile while Lesser Rhea is distributed in Patagonia. The two groups are separated by a large area of unsuitable habitat and, being flightless, it is likely that these two populations have been separated for a long time.
Puna Rhea is found on grasslands and shrubby areas
in the altiplano at between 3,500 and 4,500 metres. It is usually near
lakes or bogs.