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Anas bahamensis

Anas bahamensis (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Anseriformes
Familia: Anatidae
Subfamilia: Anatinae
Genus: Anas
Species: Anas bahamensis

Anas bahamensis Photo: Michael Lahanas


Anas bahamensis Linnaeus, 1758


* Syst.Nat.ed.10 p.124

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Bahamaente
English: White-cheeked Pintail
Español: Pato gargantilla
Français: Canard des Bahamas
Magyar: Bahama-kacsa
日本語: ホオジロオナガガモ
Nederlands: Bahamapijlstaart
‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Hvitkinnand


The White cheeked Pintail or Bahama Pintail (Anas bahamensis) is a dabbling duck of the Caribbean, South America and the Galápagos Islands.[2]

This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name.[3] There are three subspecies: A. b. bahamensis in the Caribbean, and a vagrant in south Florida. A. b. galapagensis on the Galapagos, and the slightly larger A. b. rubirostris in South America. The latter race may be partially migratory, breeding in Argentina and wintering further north.[2]

Like many southern ducks, the sexes are similar. It is mainly brown with white cheeks and a red-based grey bill (young birds lack the pink). It cannot be confused with any other duck in its range.[2]

This species occurs on waters with a degree of salinity, such as brackish lakes, estuaries and mangrove swamps.[2]

The White-cheeked Pintail feeds on aquatic plants and small creatures obtained by dabbling. The nest is on the ground under vegetation and near water.[2]


1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). Anas bahamensis. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 9 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
2. ^ a b c d e Madge, Steve; Burn, Hilary (1988). Wildfowl: An Identification Guide to the Ducks, Geese and Swans of the World (Helm Identification Guides). Christopher Helm. pp. 224–225. ISBN 0-7470-2201-1.
3. ^ (Latin) Linnaeus, C (1758). Systema naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. EditioA. rostri extremo dilatato rotundato, ongue incurvo. decima, reformata.. Holmiae. (Laurentii Salvii).. pp. 124. "A. grisea, rostro plumbeo: macula laterali fulva, macula alarum viridi luteaque."

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