Falkland Steamer Ducks

Falkland Steamer Ducks (Tachyeres brachypterus)

The Falkland Steamer Ducks (Tachyeres brachypterus) are found on the Falkland Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean – hence its common name.

Two Falkland Steamer Ducks Standing in the Sand
Two Falkland Steamer Ducks Standing in the Sand


The wings of the Falkland Steamer Duck are very short and this species is incapable of flight.

The plumage is mostly dark grey, except for the white stripe behind the eyes.

Similar Species: The Falkland Steamer Duck resembles the Flying Steamer Duck – however, since their ranges don’t overlap, confusion should not occur.

Diet / Feeding

Falkland Steamer Duck generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

One Comment

  1. Just a quick note that the Flying Steamer Duck occurs along side the Falkland Steamer Duck, so the range does in fact overlap, and distinguishing the two in the field is very difficult there. Taxonomy is still in flux, however. Cheers.

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