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  • In South America, rheas are called “nandu guazu,” which means big spider.

  • Female rheas will lay one egg every other day for up to 10 days.

  • Females will often share a nest and put as many as 50 eggs in a single nest!

  • The male designs the nest, incubates the eggs for six weeks, and cares for newly-hatched chicks.  They will also plant decoy eggs outside the nest to lure predators away.

  • They are opportunistic eaters and will graze on fruit, seeds, plants, lizards, insects, birds, and sometimes even small game!

  • Rheas destroy many crops throughout South America and are considered pests.

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