Bird’s ID – White-cheeked Pintail – # 225
The White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis), is a species of dabbling duck. It was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name.
It is found in the Caribbean, South America, and the Galápagos Islands. It occurs on waters with some salinity, such as brackish lakes, estuaries and mangrove swamps.
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.
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.
The White-cheeked Pintail is # 225 on my list of “Lifers”.
Lovely, HJ! I’ve seen many photos and videos of Pintails, but have never seen one “in person”. I must check out their range.
Thank you, Carol. The closest locations would be in the Caribbean Islands. 🙂
Wow!! Looks like this White-cheeked Pintail is only found in the Caribbean islands!
These photos are from South America. 🙂
Ahhhh!! If I read more carefully instead of focusing on your beautiful photos, I would have learned much more!
That’s nice of you, Carol. 🙂
It is striking with the big white cheek and orage bill.
Yes, I like his figure. Thanks, Jane. 🙂
A handsome bird, HJ.
Yes, indeed. Thanks, Tom. 🙂
A very attractive little duck HJ, and a lovely lifer for you.
Thank you very much, my friend. 🙂
Generosi stagni, nell’accogliere pennuti ospiti…
Le tue parole sono gentili. Grazie mille. 🙂
Congratulations on getting another lifer, HJ! Such a handsome bird!
Thanks so much, my dear friend. 🙂
Dear friend 🙂 🙂
We call it affectionally a ‘Bahama Duck’…
That sounds good too! Thanks, RH. 🙂
Pingback: Bird’s ID – White-cheeked Pintail – # 225 — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101 – Truth Troubles