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Female Lesser (Darwin's) Rheas (Pterocnemia pennata) & sheep, Patagonia, Chile
This is the southern subspecies - the Avestruz de Magallanes or Darwin's Rhea (Pterocnemia pennata pennata). It is also known as Ñandú in Chile. The male entices several females to lay eggs in a ground scrape nest that he has constructed, then he incubates the eggs and looks after the young for several months on his own.
Near Puerto Natales
Region XII Magallanes y Antartica chilena
Mpixels (45.7 MB uncompressed) - 4896x3264 pixels (16.3x10.8 in / 41.5x27.6 cm at 300 ppi)