Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Rheas :: Lesser Rhea

Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata

Described by: d'Orbigny (1834)
Alternate common name(s): Darwin's Rhea, Puna Rhea
Old scientific name(s): Pterocnemia pennata


Torres del Paine National Park, Chile - Dec, 2005 © Arthur Grosset  Torres del Paine National Park, Chile - Dec, 2005 © Arthur Grosset  Lauca National Park, Region I, Chile - Feb, 2007 © Arthur Grosset  Seno Otway, Punta Arenas, Chile - Feb 10, 2003 © Peter R. Bono 
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Cw. South America; Se. South America;
Two populations:
(1) E. slope of the Andes in ex. se. Peru (Moquegua and w. Puno), sw. Bolivia (La Paz, Potosi, Oruro), s. to nw. Argentina (Jujuy, Catamarca, San Juan in the Reserva San Guillermo and Laguna Blanca).
(2) Andes in ex. sw. Peru to n. Chile (Arica, Antofagasta, Tarapaca to Atacama at Alto Huasco).
(3) C. Chile (s. Aisen, Torres del Paine National Park, Punta Arenas (Seno Otway)), wc. and s. Argentina from s. Mendoza, Neuquen, Rio Negro s. to Patagonia and the Straits of Magellan. Introduced to n. Tierra del Fuego (n. Isla Grande) in 1936 and apparently well established.


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


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