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Quick Facts
Native to South America
Primary Diet Broad-leafed plants, clover, seeds, roots, fruits, insects, small vertebrates
Adult Weight 33 to 66 pounds
Lifespan 15 to 40 years
Status Near Threatened

Greater Rhea

Greater rheas look similar to ostriches but are much smaller. Rheas have three toes on each foot, while ostriches have two. Rheas are flightless birds that can run up to 40 miles per hour. They have unusually long wings for flightless birds, which are used to avoid predators and for balance while running.

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