Falkland Flightless Steamer Duck

The Falkland Steamerduck (Tachyeres brachypterus) is a duck endemic to the Falkland Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only two bird species native to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas in Spanish), the other being Cobb’s Wren.

The Falkland Steamerduck’s wings are very short (hence the scientific name: brachy = “short”, and pteron = “wing”), making it unable to fly. The plumage of the Falkland Steamerduck is mostly dark grey, but it does have a white stripe behind the eye. It is very difficult to distinguish from the Flying Steamer Duck in the field because they occupy the same habitat and, although the Flying Steamer Duck can fly, it rarely does.