Obviously, this duck got its name from its notably white cheeks and its narrow pin-like tail. This duck’s body is brown with black spots found throughout the body. The tip of the beak displays a bluish-gray and the base is red. The white coloration seen on the White-Cheeked Pintail Duck extends from its cheeks to its upper neck. Its legs and feet are dark grey and its eyes are red-brown. The males are generally a little larger than the females. These ducks are omnivores, meaning that they consume both plants and animals. Some of the animals they consume are shorefly larvae and aquatic nematodes. They also eat plants such as, foxtail and panic grass.
Furthermore, these ducks can become aggressive during breeding season, establishing their territories and chasing off intruders. These ducks are known as monogamous, they tend to choose one partner for the entire mating and breeding season. The males tend to outnumber and surround the females in their attempt to impress them by burping and head bumping. The males can be seen guarding and escorting the female during breeding but later on they flee in search of a safe area to shed their feathers. Next time you visit a mangrove or pond I advise you to keep a lookout for this beautiful duck but be careful not to disturb it.
Fun fact: Few males tend to pair with two females instead of one. These are the aggressive super-males that are capable of guarding two females.
Done by: Tavano Sweeting