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Escaped South American Bird Can Disembowel A Human With One Strike

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Family Rheidae: rheas: ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone); native to South America; 2 extant speices

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The Rhea is a large flightless bird native to South America and is part of the family of birds known as Ratites, which includes the Ostrich, Emu, Kiwi and Cassowary. Rheas are often mistaken for Ostriches because they share similar characteristics and grow to an impressive size. The male bird hatches and raises the young. After mating, the male builds a nest and incubates the eggs. Once hatched, he continues to rear the chicks, guarding them from any potential threat for the first six…

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from National Geographic

Greater Rheas, Greater Rhea Pictures, Greater Rhea Facts

Greater Rhea: As the largest bird in South America, the flightless greater rhea stands at about 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall.

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from HubPages

Facts About The Kiwi bird Habitat-For Kids

Kiwi - fuzzy brown on the outside, presumably green with black specks on the inside. Represents New Zealand, contrariness, individuality.

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Kiwi, New Zealand flightless, nocturnal bird. It is a national symbol & treasure. Its name is used to describe a person from New Zealand.

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