Bahama Pintail Duck

Anas bahamensis

Species Information

The two pairs of Bahama pintail ducks can be found on one of the ponds at Chew Valley. Be sure to save some seed mix for them!

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As the name suggests, this duck species is found in the Bahamas, But they also inhabit swamps, lagoons, estuaries, and sometimes freshwater lakes across South America, the Galapagos, and the Caribbean.

They are also known as the white-cheeked pintail, due to their iconic white cheeks and throats. The remaining plumage of these medium-sized ducks is light brown with some black markings. Their bills are blue, with males having a brighter red patch on either side at base of the bill.

Feeds on aquatic plants, insects, seeds, and grass.

Can live for 32 years! But generally 6 years in the wild and 15 years in captivity.

Bahama pintails are not-migratory, generally staying in the same area throughout their lives. They forage by dabbling, a common behaviour observed in ducks when they stick their heads underwater.

These ducks breed all year round, nesting on the ground near water, usually concealed under vegetation or mangrove roots. After an incubation period of about 25 days, the 6-10 ducklings hatch from the eggs. Ducklings will fledge and become independent after 45-60 days.

Least Concern; but their population is declining due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting from humans.

Males sometimes mate with two females, aggressively defending them from other drakes!