Bahama Pintail

Bahama pijlstaart

Bahama Pintail (Anas bahamensis)

The Bahama Pintail (Anas bahamensis) is a dabbling duck from the family of water birds that includes ducks, geese, and swans (Anatidae).

Species name

Dutch name:
Bahama pijlstaart
English name:
Bahama Pintail
German name:
French name:
Cannard des Bahamas
Scientific name:
Anas bahamensis

Scientific classification




Male: has brown upperparts with black feathers bordered with pale buff on back. Tail is pointed and yellowish. Wing coverts are brown. Great coverts have yellowish tips. Tertials are blackish with pale brown edges. Secondary bases show metallic green band and black sub terminal band with broad yellowish edge on the tip. Underparts are warm brown, spotted with black on breast and belly. Undertail coverts are yellowish. Underwing is dark, except paler central band, blackish flight feathers and pale trailing edge. Crown and nape are brown, slightly spotted with dark. Sides of the head, throat and upper neck are pure white. Bill is blue-grey with red sides at base of upper mandible, and black nail. Eyes are brown. Legs and webbed feet are dark grey

Female: is white of face and bill coloration a little duller than the male, and is also a little smaller, with a shorter tail.
Juvenile resembles adults, but with slightly duller bill and plumage.

Common in collections, mainly Anas bahamensis bahamensis.

Standard Measurements

Body Length (cm):
The male (drake) of the Bahama Pintail measures approximately 38-51 centimeters. The female measures approximately 38-51 centimeters.
Body Weight (grams):
The male will weight about 480-520 gram. The female will weight about 480-520 gram.
The weight is notoriously variable and can only be used as indication!

There are three subspecies:

  • A. b. bahamensis—lesser Bahama pintail - in the Caribbean, and a vagrant to southern Florida
  • A. b. rubirostris—greater Bahama pintail - in South America; it may be partly migratory, breeding in Argentina.
  • A. b. galapagensis—Galapagos pintail - lives at the Galapagos-eiland Fernandina (Narborough).

White-cheeked pintail (Bahama pintail) are winter-hardy, but shelter should be provided if the water is totally frozen. Non-aggressive, easy to keep and breed, these ducks may be kept in mixed collections. 

These ducks will use ground-level nest boxes or nest on the ground under vegetation, preferring secluded areas such as under thick bushes or in hollows at the base of trees. Laying usually from May, sometimes April. They are reliable for parent incubation and rearing, but will lay a second clutch if the first is removed. They may desert their eggs if frequently disturbed.

Hybridisation not common.

The female Bahama Pintail usually lays from 8-12 creamy white eggs and incubates them for 25-26 days.

Bird banding:
Recommended leg band size for the Bahama Pintail is 11 mm.
The leg band can only be applied on a young dabbling duck at around 12-14 days old.

It doesn't matter what leg that you band, but it is good to have a consistent system.
Suggested: Left leg = Female, Right leg = Male
Preferred food:
Lundi Regular
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Lundi Regular contains all the minerals and vitamins in full form that are important for the animals. Therefore also suitable as breeding food.

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