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Flightless Steamer Duck
Alternative names: Fuegian Steamer Duck; Magellanic Steamer Duck
74-84cm (29-33 in). The largest Steamer Duck, has a sturdy bill and a massive body.
Females are similar but smaler and have a darker head. Juveniles lack the wine-coloured tones in the grey plumage and they have a narrow pale eyering.
 Similar species
Separated from Flying Steamer Duck by much larger size, heavy bill and neck, shorter wings and tail, much greyer body and lack of sexual dimorphism.
Southern South America: Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn Archipelago.
Found along rocky coasts and in harbours, sometimes several miles offshore.
Feeds on aquatic molluscs and crustaceans, takes also small fish. Forages by diving, dabbling or upending in shallow water, mostly during high tide.
Breeding season starts September/October. A monogamous species, pairs probably stay together life-long. Nests near water, often Close to high-water mark, sometimes higher. The nest is a shallow depression on the ground, well hiden among vegetation. Breeds often on small Islands and islets for better protection of terrestrial predators like American Mink. Lays 4 to 8 eggs.
A sedentary species. Essentially flightless.
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