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Flying Steamer Duck

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Male. Photo by njlarsen Torres del Paine, Chile, December 2009
Photo by njlarsen
Torres del Paine, Chile, December 2009
Tachyeres patachonicus


[edit] Identification

A large duck (length 68cm). Overall mottled gray and brown, with reddish-brown chin and conspicuous white eye-line that extends down the back of the neck. Legs and feet are yellow. Underparts white. Male has bill that is orange-yellow at the base, gray at the tip, with a large dark nail; head gets gradually paler grey as the bird gets older.

The female is slightly darker overall with a bill that is mostly greenish-grey and more greenish yellow at base than the male; her head is darker brownish than the male.

[edit] Similar Species

All the Steamerducks are very similar in appearance. The Flightless Steamerduck and Falkland Steamerduck are larger, only found in salt water, and do not fly.

[edit] Distribution

Southern South America: found on the coasts of south Chile, Argentina and Falkland Islands.

[edit] Taxonomy

This species is monotypic.[1]

[edit] Habitat

Inland waters and sea coast.

[edit] Behaviour

Travels in pairs or small groups.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3

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