Not surprisingly, the greater rhea is related to the great ostrich. Not only do they look like them, but they run and look just as confused as the ostrich. This may seem crazy, but is of course very tactical. This is because the sudden feints and wing beats are distracting to enemies. The rheas at Hof van Eckberge are white in color, but you can also encounter them gray or brownish, in which case they are even better sheltered in nature!

General information Greater rhea

Scientific name: Rhea americana

The Greater rhea belongs to the ratites, like its big brother the ostrich. It has large strong running legs and downy plumage. Rhea hens and roosters are difficult to tell apart, generally the rooster is bigger, heavier and it has more black feathers at the bottom of its chest and neck. The rhea is a true omnivore, eating grasses, herbs, insects, small lizards and frogs.

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