Adoption of unrelated young by greater rheas

  title={Adoption of unrelated young by greater rheas},
  author={Tha{\"i}s Leiroz Codenotti and Fernando {\'A}lvarez},
--The benefits, if any, of the adoptive behavior of male Greater Rheas (Rhea americana) towards unrelated young while leading their offspring are not known. Therefore, we quantified adoption by Rheas in an agricultural area of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in order to quantify the potential benefits and the recipients of these benefits. Adult males frequently adopted (23%), were more vigilant and protective than non-adopters, and ended up leading larger groups of young than non-adopting males. The… CONTINUE READING