Flying Steamer Ducks, Tachyeres patachonicus

The Flying Steamer Ducks, Tachyeres patachonicus, is the most widespread steamer duck.


It is endemic to southern Chile and Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, and the Falkland Islands.

Distribution / Range 

Its plumage is very similar to the other three steamer ducks.

Flying Steamer Ducks is the only steamer duck that can fly, and the only one to occur on inland fresh waters.

Flying Steamer Duck, Tachyeres patachonicus

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Diet / Feeding:

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

Instead of “teeth,” ducks have serrations (saw-like edges) on their bills that allow them to filter food out of the water.

Captive birds are often fed commercially prepared duck food pellets – if there are insufficient natural resources available to sustain them. As they feed on insects, they are very useful in ridding gardens or lawns of harmful bugs.

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