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Falkland Steamer Duck

Tachyeres brachypterus

Description:

Also known as the flightless steamer duck and the logger duck, it is only found in the Falkland Islands and is one of 2 birds that is endemic to the islands. Is unable to fly, but can be very quick over the water. Similar to the flying steamer duck, but this bird is not very common around the Falklands. They are large ducks, and the male is one of the largest ducks in the world.

Habitat:

Found mostly along the shingle beaches in the Falklands, nests on scrubby land

Notes:

These ducks were very common along the coast near the harbour in Stanley, Falkland Islands. I saw these ones along the coast not far from our ship as we walked towards Whalebone Cove.

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3 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Aww! such a nice duckie mom and baby. I had never seen this species before..Thanks for sharing Laura!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Congrats Laura, this spotting was features in our bird quiz! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Awesome little duck!

LauraMaria
Spotted by
LauraMaria

Falkland Islands

Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Feb 17, 2013

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