Appearance: - The White-cheeked Pintail has a brown crown and nape with white cheeks, and throat, blue-grey beak with red at its base, dark brown upperparts, whitish pointed tail, underparts are lighter brown with black spots on the breast and belly. Eyes are brown and legs are dark grey. The female is very similar but has duller beak and face and a shorter tail.
Size: - Typical Adult is 38-50cm (15-19in).
Food: - Aquatic plants, seeds, and invertebrates.
Habitat/Range: - Brackish lakes, estuaries, and mangrove swamps in the Caribbean, South America, and the Galapagos Islands.
Breeding Season: - February to June.
Eggs: - 5 to 12 (light tan colour).
Notes: - The White-cheeked Pintail or Bahama Pintail is a dabbling duck. There are three sub-species that look similar: the Lesser Bahama Pintail (Anas Bahamensis Bahamensis) found in the Caribbean, Greater Bahama Pintail (Anas Bahamensis Rubirostris) found in South America, and the Galapagos Pintail (Anas Bahamensis Galapagensis) found in the Galapogas Islands.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.
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