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White-headed Steamer-Duck Tachyeres leucocephalus

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White-headed Steamer-Duck is a flightless coastal duck endemic to Argentina.  It is found only on a limited number of rocky shores in Chubut and Santa Cruz provinces.  Perhaps related to its extremely limited range and similar appearance relative to other steamer-ducks, this species was not described until 1981.  Because of the similarity to congeners, a description of the plumage patterns of downy young was thought necessary to help in further taxonomic distinctions to help identify White-headed Steamer-Ducks.

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Recommended Citation

White-headed Steamer-Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whhstd1