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Bahama Duck

The Bahama Duck, also known as the White-cheeked Pintail or Bahama Pintail, is a species of dabbling duck. Like many southern ducks, the sexes are similar. It is mainly brown with white cheeks and a red mark on the base of their grey bill (young birds lack the pink). It cannot be confused with any other duck in its range. The males call is a squeaky, low whistle, while the female’s vocalization is a weak, descending series of “quacks.”

The White-cheeked Pintails feed on aquatic plants and small creatures obtained by dabbling. They are resident to bodies of water ranging from fresh to hyper saline water. Their nests are found on the ground under vegetation and near water.

White-cheeked pintails are considered threatened due to overhunting, habitat destruction and predation of nests. They are widely distributed and locally common in the Caribbean and mainly coastal regions of South America south to southern Chile and central Argentina.