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White-cheeked or Bahama Pintail

On Curaçao different types of ducks occur, some of which are breeding birds. The best known and most common duck species is the so called Bahama or White-cheeked Pintail duck (Anas bahamensis). This light brown duck is fairly easy to recognize by the bright white bands below the beak and the contrasting bright red-orange markings on the bill itself. You might also encounter the Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) and other less commonly seen species.





Black-bellied Whistling duck

Such an unusual guest is the Black-bellied whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis). This visitor from South America sometimes honors the leeward islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao with its presence. It’s a pretty big bird, which can get to a length of 50 cm. The animal exhibits conspicuous behavior: in addition to its anatomically long legs it stands straight upright so the size becomes even more apparent.







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