Either of two ostrich-like species of South American three-toed ratite birds (family Rheidae). The common rhea (Rhea americana) is about 4 ft (120 cm) tall and weighs about 50 lbs (20 kg). It has luxuriant plumage, brown or gray above and whitish below. Darwin's rhea (Pterocnemia pennata) is smaller and has white-tipped brownish plumage. Rheas live in open country, often among grazing animals, and run from predators. They eat a wide variety of plants and animals. Both species are listed as endangered.

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Rhea may refer to,


  • Rhea (mythology), beautiful in Greek mythology, one of the Titans, the sister and wife of Cronus, the mother goddess who gave birth to many of the other major gods and goddesses
  • Rhea Silvia, in Roman mythology the mother of the twins Romulus and Remus
  • Rhea (mother of Aventinus), a separate figure to Rhea Silvia, mother of Aventinus by Hercules

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