Flying Steamer-Duck Tachyeres patachonicus


Flying Steamer-Duck is a large duck of southern Chile and Argentina, where it is the only species of steamer-ducks to occur on fresh water as well as salt water (although the species on Falklands occupies both salt and fresh water). Athough difficult to separate at a distance from other steamer-ducks, the species can be identified by longer projection of primaries beyond the tertials, smaller size than the flightless species, and the ability to fly. It usually is found in pairs, diving for shellfish and other marine animals along the immediate shoreline. Birders familiar with North America waterfowl might be struck at the structural and behavior similarities between steamer-ducks and eiders.

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© Ross Gallardy

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Flying Steamer-Duck (Tachyeres patachonicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: