Appearance: – The Steamer Duck has a grey head, brown eyes with white eye-ring and stripe running from the eye down side of the neck, a brownish face, throat and fore-neck, a yellow-orange beak with black tip, a blue-grey mottled breast and upper-parts, the under-parts, vent and under-tail are white, mottled grey-brown flanks, dark-grey tail and wings with grey-black primary feathers and white speculum, and the legs and feet are yellow. Both sexes are similar but the female is smaller with a duller greenish-yellow beak.
Size: – Typical Adult is 24-29 inches.
Food: – Mainly mussels, molluscs, and crustaceans.
Habitat: – Rocky coasts and inland waters in southern South America and the Falkland Islands.
Breeding Season: – Usually September to December.
Eggs: – 5 to 6 (creamy or buff color).
Notes: – The Steamer Duck has four different species: Flying Steamer Duck (Tachyeres patachonicus), Fuegian Steamer Duck (Tachyeres pteneres), Chubut Steamer Duck (Tachyeres leucocephalus), and the Falkland Steamer Duck (Tachyeres brachypterus). They are all flightless except for the Flying Steamer Duck and are usually placed in the Shelduck sub-family Tadorninae. They are called Steamer Ducks because when they swim fast they use their wings by flapping them into the water as well as their feet creating an effect like a paddle steamer.