White-Cheeked Pintail

Anas bahamensis

[Translate to English:] On the picture you can see a White-Cheeked Pintail, which floats on water. The Bahama duck swings its wings so that the water splashes up. IUCN Red List endangerment category: Least concern
  • Family
    Anatidae (Ducks, geese and swans)
  • Weight
    470 – 630 g
  • Habitat
    Shallow waters

The subtle difference

At first glance, male and female white-cheeked pintails look the same, but a closer look will reveal subtle differences. The male is slightly larger than the female and has a more intensely coloured plumage. The sexes can also be distinguished by their call: females call with a weak quack, while males give a low whistle.

The picture shows a White-Cheeked Pintail standing in profile.

Parenting roles

White-cheeked pintails are very territorial during incubation and the rearing ofthe chicks. The female takes care of the chicks, while the male defends the area. At times, a male intruder may cross the territory boundary from underwater and trespass in order to mate with the territory-holder’s female.

Fascinating fact

Since the 19th century they have been popular ornamental birds across Europe. Because of breeding we have now two additional colour varieties: silver and yellow.