IUCN status: Near threatened
Rhea are only found in South America and are limited within the continent to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. There are two distinctions of these birds, the greater and lesser rhea. The greater rheas live in open grasslands, pampas, and chaco woodlands. They prefer to breed near water and prefer lowlands, seldom going above 1,500 metres (4,900 ft). On the other hand, the lesser rhea will inhabit most shrub land, grassland, even desert salt puna up to 4,500 metres.
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