Lesser Rhea (Pterocnemia pennata) - HBW 1, p. 89
French: Nandou de Darwin
Spanish: Ñandú Petizo
Other common names: Darwin's Rhea; Puna Rhea (tarapacensis/garleppi)
Taxonomy: Rhea pennata d'Orbigny, 1834, Río Negro, S Buenos Aires.
Race tarapacensis may merit consideration as full species; garleppi would also be included, but may not deserve subspecific status and possibly better fused into single (sub)species. P. pennata has been crossed with R. americana in captivity. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- garleppi Chubb, 1913 - S Peru, SW Bolivia, NW Argentina.
- tarapacensis Chubb, 1913 - N Chile.
- pennata (d'Orbigny, 1834) - S Chile, WC & S Argentina.
- Near Threatened Enlarge map
VideosSee all 25 videos
A single bird walking around and gleaning insects from the grass Locality Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region, Chile (ssp pennata)
Ron Hoff 15 October 2006 7 years ago 34 sec 4.3
An adult and four youngs walking, running and flapping its wings. Locality Lauca National Park, Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile (ssp tarapacensis)
Martin Kennewell 28 November 2011 3 years ago 37 sec 4.1
An adult with four chicks, walking and feeding Locality Chile (ssp pennata)
Max Roth 31 December 2001 9 years ago 7 sec 4.1
A family Locality Península Valdés, Chubut Province, Argentina (ssp pennata)
German Pugnali 1 November 2012 2 years ago 12 sec 4
A Lesser Rhea walking on the Salar. Locality Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia (ssp garleppi)
Carmelo López 18 October 2009 5 years ago 6 sec 4
A bird in alert. Locality Lauca National Park, Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile (ssp tarapacensis)
Josep del Hoyo 22 October 2003 11 years ago 19 sec 4
PhotosSee all 43 photos
Locality Península Valdés, Chubut Province, Argentina
Tomas Grim 24 December 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Juvenile curled up in feathers resting on snow covered track
Locality Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes Region, Chile (ssp pennata)
Simon Littlejohn 1 December 2005 4 years ago 4.5
Birds feeding on gras
Locality Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region, Chile
Lutz Dürselen 14 November 2012 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Neuquén Province, Argentina
Samantha Klein 19 December 2013 1 year ago 4.2
Lesser Rhea in Torres del Paine
Locality Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes Region, Chile
kevin zaouali 11 October 2014 18 weeks ago 4
In an aviary.
Locality Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh City Council, Scotland, Great Britain
Lukasz Michal Pulawski 8 June 2014 31 weeks ago 4
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