White-cheeked Pintail

Anas bahamensis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

WCHP

Code 6

ANABAH

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The White-cheeked Pintail is a dabbling duck also known as the Bahama Pintail. It is found in the Caribbean, South America and the Galapagos Islands. The typical habitat of this species includes partially saline waters, including brackish lakes, estuaries and mangrove swamps. Populations found in Argentina are partially migratory and will spend winters further north. Typical diets consist of plants and invertebrates found in the water. Nests are built on the ground, hidden under vegetation and located near to the water. Due to maintained or increasing populations, the conservation rating for the White-cheeked Pintail is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

White-cheeked Pintail: Large, heavily spotted dark and light brown duck with striking white cheek patches, blue bill with bright red base, buff pointed tail. Legs and feet are blue-gray. Feeds on aquatic plants, small invertebrates. Swift direct flight with strong rapid wing beats. AKA Bahama Duck.


Range and Habitat

White-cheeked Pintail: This species is a native of the Caribbean Islands, South America, and the Galapagos Islands. Within the United States, it is a rare to casual visitor in southern Florida. This bird is found near rivers, lakes, and ponds, as well as along costal marshes and rocky or sandy seashores.

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White-cheeked Pintail SONGS AND CALLS

White-cheeked Pintail II1

High-pitched calls given in flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"eek, eek, eek, eek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The White-cheeked Pintail was first described in 1758 by Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist.
  • It is also known as the Bahama Pintail.
  • A group of ducks has many collective nouns, including a "brace", "flush", "paddling", "raft", and "team" of ducks.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Samira Belous

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