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Steamer Duck Tachyeres

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Steamer Duck

Appearance: - The Steamer Duck has a grey head, brown eyes with white eyering and stripe running from the eye down side of the neck, a brownish face, throat and foreneck, a yellow-orange beak with black tip, a blue-grey mottled breast and upperparts, the underparts, vent and undertail are white, mottled grey-brown flanks, dark-grey tail and wings with grey-black primary feathers and white speculum, and the legs and feet are yellow. Both sexes are similar but the female is smaller with a duller greenish-yellow beak.

Size: - Typical Adult is 61-74cm (24-29in).

Food: - Mainly mussels, molluscs, and crustaceans.

Habitat/Range: - Rocky coasts and inland waters. All of the four species of Steamer Duck occur at the southern cone of South America in Chile and Argentina. The Falkland Steamer Duck is native to the Falkland Islands.

Steamer Duck Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Usually September to December.

Eggs: - 5 to 6 (creamy or buff colour).

Notes: - The Steamer Duck has four different species: Flying Steamer Duck (Tachyeres patachonicus), Fuegian Steamer Duck (Tachyeres pteneres), Chubut Steamer Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus), and the Falkland Steamer Duck (Tachyeres brachypterus). They are all flightless except for the Flying Steamer Duck, which rarely takes to the air, and are usually placed in the Shelduck sub-family Tadorninae. They are called Steamer Ducks because when they swim fast they use their wings by flapping them into the water as well as their feet creating an effect like a paddle steamer.

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Genus: Tachyeres.

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Female Falkland Steamer Duck
Falkland Steamer Duck (Tachyeres Brachypterus) -