Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Rheas :: Greater Rhea

Greater Rhea Rhea americana

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Common Rhea
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil - Aug, 2004 © Arthur Grosset  Mato Grosso, Brazil - Date unknown © Arthur Grosset  Mato Grosso, Brazil - Date unknown © Arthur Grosset  Mato Grosso, Brazil - Date unknown © Arthur Grosset  Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil - Jun, 2006 © Lou Hegedus 
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Ec. and se. South America;
(1) Ne. to se. Brazil (w. Bahia (grasslands of the San Francisco Valley and Curaca), s. Para (savannas of Mundurucu), Maranhao, Piaui, formerly Ceara , formerly Rio Grande do Norte s. to Sao Paulo, Goias and s. Mato Grosso at Vacaria).
(2) Ex. se. Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul (Barra do Quarai) to ca 45km w. of Vacaria) and Uruguay (Banados del Este), but absent from forested areas and even areas from which forests have been cleared.
(3) E. Paraguay (e. of the Rio Paraguay, Capitan Bado, Horqueta, Rosario).
(4) Sw. Brazil (s. Mato Grosso (Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimaraes)), w. Paraguay (Chaco) to n. and e. Bolivia (Beni, Santa Cruz, Tarija).
(5) Ne. and e. Argentina s. to the Rio Negro and w. to Cordoba and Santiago del Estero. Birds in the Mato Grosso and e. Bolivia may be this race rather than (4).


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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