Flightless Steamerduck

This species is locally infamous for the aggressive disposition of adult males. Incidents have allegedly occurred where a raging male was placed by a misguided collector among adults of various other waterfowl species and killed all the other birds with their powerful, spurred wings.

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The Flightless Steamerduck is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

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There were groups of Flightless Steamerducks in the area. One duck got way behind the flock and had to run across the water honking to catch-up. We also saw Mom’s with baby chicks. We checked-out the gardens in town. We never knew there were so many colors of Lupines. The locals call them totems – as in Totem Pole. We also watched Dolphin Gulls carry mollusks to the sidewalk and eat them. More

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yesterday as Flightless Steamerduck but there was no sign of the Barn Swallow. Among the now familiar species, Margaret and Roger saw Chiloe Wigeon on a wind-swept Long Pond, as did Cindy and Ian. The Silvery Teal were under attack from a Kelp Gull during the day and Roger described how the adults were springing up to five feet from the water to ward off the intruder while the ducklings dived out of the way, coming up in a tight bunch between their parents. More

Flightless Steamerduck, Chile, South of Punta Arenas November 2008 © Sam Woods/Tropical Birding Tropical Birding Chile Report 2008 Flightless Steamerduck - Showing Records 1 through 1 of 1 Total Records More

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Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Genus : Tachyeres
Species : pteneres
Authority : (Forster, 1844)