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Falkland steamer duck

Tachyeres brachypterus

Falkland stoombooteend / Falkland-Dampfschiffente / Canard vapeur des îles Falkland


Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern (IUCN, 2012).

The Falkland Steamerduck is found exclusively on the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) in the south-west Atlantic (del Hoyo et al. 1992).

This species frequents rugged shorelines, being most common on small islands and in sheltered bays. The bulk of its diet is a variety of salt-water molluscs and crustaceans, which it obtains my foraging in shallow water or diving in near shore. Its breeding season is variable, but most breeding occurs between September and December, concealing nests among vegetation or in unoccupied penguin burrows (del Hoyo et al.1992).


Above: Falkland steamer duck


Above: Falkland steamer duck


Above: Falkland steamer duck


Above: Falkland steamer duck


Above: Falkland steamer duck

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