Rheidae

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Rheids
Temporal range: Paleocene-Holocene 56–0Ma
Greater rhea pair arp.jpg
Greater rhea, Rhea americana
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Palaeognathae
Order: Struthioniformes
Family: Rheidae
Bonaparte, 1849[1]
Type species
Rhea americana
Linnaeus, 1758
Genera

Diogenornis
Opisthodactylus
Rhea

Rheidae is a family of flightless ratite birds which first appeared during the Paleocene epoch. It is today represented by the sole living genus Rhea, but also contains several extinct genera.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brands, Sheila (August 14, 2008). "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification, Family Rheidae". Project: The Taxonomicon. Retrieved Feb 4, 2009. 
  2. ^ Mayr, G. (2009). Paleogene fossil birds. Springer.