Greater Rhea Utecht

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern  >  Germany

Fields and woodland near the village of Utecht with the only wild population of Greater Rhea (Nandu) birds in Europe.

Added* by Thomas Wagner
Most recent update 4 April 2022


In the early 2000s some Greater Rhea escaped from a farm in the area. Since then they have survived and even thrived with reportedly up to 500 birds living in the fields and woodland around the nature reserve of Kammerbruch and the village of Utecht. Exploring the area often yields views of these flightless birds. Other birds you can encounter are Grey Heron, Common Crane, Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Common Gull and Common Raven.



Limited parking but the roads aren't busy. Take care not to block any field entrances when stopping your car.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Agriculture , Grassland , Moors/heathland


Flat , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Winter , Summer , Autumn , Spring


Paved road , Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Bicycle , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform



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