Anas bahamensis (*)
Anas bahamensis Photo: Michael Lahanas
Anas bahamensis Linnaeus, 1758
* Syst.Nat.ed.10 p.124
The White cheeked Pintail or Bahama Pintail (Anas bahamensis) is a dabbling duck of the Caribbean, South America and the Galápagos Islands.
This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name. 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.
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.
This species occurs on waters with a degree of salinity, such as brackish lakes, estuaries and mangrove swamps.
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.
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
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