Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bahama Pintail or White-cheeked Pintail

I spotted this beautiful Bahama Pintail dabbling around a pond in Regents Park, London, UK; 4/10/10.
One of the very colorful ducks we saw at both Regents Park and St. James Park was the Bahama Pintail (Above), also known as the White-cheeked Pintail. It is a dabbling duck that is found in waterways throughout its range from the Caribbean to South America and the Galápagos Islands. The Bahama Pintail is a truly beautiful duck with a fawn colored breast with scalloping adorning plumage of black and rufous. Its striking bill of hot pink and periwinkle set off by those snowy white cheeks makes this duck very unique. Like most southern ducks, this one is not dimorphic (I learned a new word - courtesy of ) which means both genders have the same appearance.

This Bahama Pintail, we spotted at St. James Park, London, UK; 4/8/10.

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