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The Rhea's life

The rhea (Rhea americana, ema, nhandu) is the Pantanal's biggest bird and so is it's nest. A male has a harem of several females that will lay their eggs into a communal nest and the male will incubate it.

This is the male rhea guarding the nest,

with 36 eggs !

Photo by Virginio Sanches @ Fazenda Barranco Alto.

and the proud father with his 35 chicks ...

Unfortunately, day after day, we count one chick less. Survival rate is as low as 5%. But that's why they lay so many eggs !