The Lesser Rhea (Pterocnemia pennata) occurs in two disjunct populations, one in southern Peru and northern Chile, and the other on the steppe grasslands of southern Chile and Argentina. Lesser Rheas are omnivorous, eating mainly plant material but also taking insects and small vertebrates. They coexist on estancias (ranches) with sheep and Guanacos. This small group of three Rheas was walking through the shrub steppe on Estancia la Invernada on Route 9 near Torres del Paine National Park, eating as they went.
CitationBob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1566217. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1566217.
Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1566217. Video of Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata at Magallanes Region, Chile. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1566217.
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