Zoo Animals

Greater rhea

Rhea americana

At the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo is home to two female greater rheas. The greater rhea, emu and ostrich are equivalents on different continents, with the greater rhea being the South American version. The greater rheas can be found in the American Grasslands.

The greater rhea is the largest bird in the Americas. Its plumage is grayish-brown with darker patches on its neck. Adapted for running and not flying, the greater rhea’s legs are extremely powerful.

Fun Facts

  • The greater rhea will use its wings as rudders while running in order to out-maneuver a predator.