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Anas georgica

Yellow-billed Pintail

  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae


Anas georgica

Isla de Chiloe, Los Lagos, Chile; 8 December 2008 © Thomas B. Johnson

One of the common ducks of the Southern Cone, the Yellow-billed Pintail is widely distributed from sea level up into the mountains of South America, primarily in the Southern Cone but also north along the Andes. This is a puddle duck which "tips up" to feed just below the surface of freshwater bodies, though it dives occasionally as well. Two subspecies are currently extant, one (A. g. spinicauda) is the common subspecies of mainland South America and the other (A. g. georgica) is endemic to South Georgia; a third (A. g. nicefori) formerly lived in Colombia prior to its extinction.  The Yellow-billed Pintail is largely pale warm brown with a bright yellow bill; structurally it is slim with a long, elegant neck.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Yellow-billed Pintail (Anas georgica), 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.

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  • Primary Habitat:Freshwater marshes
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  • Nest Form:Saucer
  • Clutch: 4 - 10
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern