French: Canard des Bahamas German: Bahamaente Spanish: Ánade gargantillo
Other common names:
Galapagos Pintail (galapagensis)
Subspecies and Distribution
A. b. bahamensis
Linnaeus, 1758 – West Indies, Leeward Antilles, and coasts of N South America S to NE Brazil.
A. b. galapagensis
(Ridgway, 1890) – Galapagos Is.
A. b. rubrirostris
Vieillot, 1816 – Ecuador S to C Chile coast; E Bolivia and S Brazil S to N Argentina and Uruguay.
38–51 cm; male 440–693 g, female 395–650 g. Unmistakable, with white cheek and throat patches contrasting with dark brown crown and nape, with breast and... read more
In courtship, alarm or in contact between pair, male gives rising “bzzzzzz”, while in “down-up”... read more
Mangrove swamps, small pools and lagoons of saline or brackish waters, including tidal creeks and... read more
Food and feeding
Presumably essentially vegetarian, but few detailed data on diet; seeds, buds, leaves and stems of aquatic plants and grasses. Most... read more
Season variable, mainly according to water levels and in response to rainfall; Feb–Jun in N Bahamas, but less regular and strictly... read more
Galapagos and West Indian populations mostly sedentary, although few or no winter records from some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Spottily distributed but fairly common and widespread. Race bahamensis formerly abundant throughout much of West Indies (no... read more
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