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Rhea's are part of the "Ratite Family", which are flightless birds.
They are beautiful birds. rhea's come in gray or white.
The white rheas have blue eyes.  The males are larger than the females.
Rheas can grow to almost 5 foot tall, however, the females are smaller, under 5 foot.

Commercially Rheas are used for their oil, meat, feathers.  Some people will use the eggs for crafts.
The males sit on the nest and will care for the babies.

Baby Rheas under 3 months are very fragile birds and are hard to raise.
Based on my experience with rheas, I DO NOT recommend them as pets.  They are not very friendly.
The male rheas are generally very aggressive and can dangerous.

If you are looking at a rhea for pet, don't expect it to be friendly.  I highly recommend the emus over the rheas.  The emus have much more personality than the rheas do.

When these Rheas fluff out their feathers  they really look beautiful. Again the male rheas are aggressive birds and I do not recommend them as pets.

However, the Rheas do not generally fight amongst each other. If they are confined in too small area, they can kill another bird or any other small animal that would get in their pen.

A friend of mine had a few rheas and a couple emus in a small pen together.   The male rhea killed one of the emus and injured the other very badly.

I never had that problem, our birds were in a very large pen together, they all seemed to get along fine. I had 12 mixed birds at one time with no problem.. They were all penned in about 1/4 acre.
This picture is of Ozzie
the white Rhea
white rhea
The picture to the left shows the ozzie (the male rhea) fluffing his feathers at two of my small dogs.

There was  a fence between the dogs and the rhea.

I would not have trusted the rhea with these small dogs.

In fact, one of my large coonhounds was in the pen, and the rheas knocked my dog down.
They had beautiful blue eyes.
Ozzie is the one on the left. The males get bigger than the females do.

Sorry to say, Ozzie had to be butchered because of his nasty temperament.
I tried everything to get him friendly, but I could not find a way.  It is hard to believe that one bite from his beak could cause  a lot injury.

When these rheas are babies, they are fine. but as they mature, they completely turn mean..

If anyone is considering getting any birds as pets,  I would recommend the Emus.



ozzie and harriet the white rheas

The picture to the right  is
Ozzie and Harriet the white Rhea's.


Please Note:  The information provided above is based only my experience with Rheas.