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Anas bahamensis

White-cheeked Pintail

  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae


Anas bahamensis

Bubali Reserve, Aruba; 26 October 2007 © Steven Mlodinow

A fairly common, uniquely-marked duck, the White-cheeked Pintail is spottily ditributed throughout South America and the Caribbean. There are currently three recognized subspecies of White-cheeked Pintail including a sendentary population on the Galapagos Islands. More often found in brackish waters than other dabbling ducks, the White-cheeked Pintail is a resident of mangrove swamps, small lakes, and coastal lagoons. They forage primarily for aquatic plants and seeds from the surface of the water by head-dipping and upending. Occasionally, when food is abundant, White-cheeked Pintail will sometimes gather in large groups of 1,000 individuals or more.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Complex Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Saltwater/brackish marshes
  • Foraging Strata:Water (surface)
  • Foraging Behavior:Dabble
  • Diet:Greens
  • Sociality:
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Scrape
  • Clutch: 5 - 12
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern