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Duck: Bahama pintial or white-cheeked pintail

Anas bahamensis
Bird

IUCN Status
This is a relatively common duck within its range and is considered of “least concern”!



Diet

Predominantly plant material such as grasses and seeds, buds, leaves, stems of aquatic plants and occasionally aquatic invertebrates.

Habitat

Mangroves, marsh swamps, estuaries and lagoons in and around the immediate land areas adjacent to the Caribbean.

Behaviour

Up-ending and diving in shallow water for food this is “unusually” a monogamous duck!

Breeding

Nests contain 5-12 eggs and the female remains with the brood for protection. Nests are hidden by the side of water bodies in dense vegetation.

Fun Facts

This duck is easily identified as both sexes have a bright white cheek patch giving the duck its alternative name the “white cheeked pintail”!

As soon as their ducklings hatch and take to water they can dive deep to escape predators.

At The Zoo

Our Bahama pintails are enclosed inside an aviary (just below our scarlet ibis number 27) so any young they have can be naturally looked after by the parents with no fear of crows or magpies stealing them!