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”.