Image# M049 - Rhea nesting behaviour

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Rhea nesting behaviour

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Once a male has approximately 30 eggs in his nest, he will go 'broody' and begin to ignore the other birds. He begins to incubate the eggs by remaining on the nest for all but a few minutes each day when he leaves to eat and drink. He eats and drinks very little during this time. He will turn the eggs using his beak, several times a day. This action promotes proper growth in the embryo.