Thursday, May 17, 2012

>Anas bahamensis (White-cheeked Pintail)

White-cheeked Pintail

White-cheeked Pintail
Anas bahamensis galapagensis
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Species:A. bahamensis
Binomial name
Anas bahamensis
Linnaeus, 1758
  • A. b. bahamensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • A. b. galapagensis (Ridgway, 1890)
  • A. b. rubirostris (Vieillot, 1816)
The White cheeked Pintail or Bahama Pintail (Anas bahamensis) is a dabbling duck of the Caribbean, South America, and the Galápagos Islands.
This species was first described by Linnaeus in his Systema naturae in 1758 under its current scientific name. There are three subspecies: A. b. bahamensis in the Caribbean, and a vagrant in south FloridaA. b. galapagensis on the Galapagos, and the slightly larger A. b. rubirostris in South America. The latter race may be partially migratory, breeding in Argentina and wintering further north.
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.
This species occurs on waters with a degree of salinity, such as brackish lakes, estuaries and mangrove swamps.
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.
It is popular in wildfowl collections, and escapees are frequently seen in a semi-wild condition in Europe.


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