Flying Steamer Ducks

Flying Steamer Ducks (Tachyeres patachonicus)

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

Flying steamer Ducks Couple Standing And Sitting
Flying steamer Ducks Couple Standing And Sitting


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.

Itis the only steamer duck that can fly, and the only one to occur on inland fresh waters.

Diet / Feeding:

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

Flying Steamer Ducks Near the Water
Flying Steamer Duck Near the Water

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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