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Steamer Duck

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The Falkland Steamer Duck, Tachyeres brachypterus, is a steamer duck native to the Falkland Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only two bird species to be endemic to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas in Spanish), the other being Cobb's Wren.
The Falkland Steamer Duck's wings are very short (hence the scientific name: brachy = "short", and pteron = "wing"), and it is incapable of flight. The plumage of the Falkland Steamer Duck is mostly dark grey, but with a white stripe behind the eye. It is very difficult to distinguish from the Flying Steamer Duck in the field since they occupy the same habitat and, although the Flying Steamer Duck can fly, it rarely does. Wikipedia.

Another species from my trip to Sealion Island, also know as the Magellanic Steamer Duck.

Tags: Photo journalism Birds Travel Duck Seascape Falkland islands Wildlife and nature Sealion Island Falkland Steamer Duck Tachyeres brachypterus Steamer Duck

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Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
7 Nov 2012 4:20AM
Great photo of a beautiful bird that I have never seen before Smile Good info too - thanx ! Superb capture Smile

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