Yellow-billed Pintail (Anas georgica)

Order: Anseriformes  | Family: Anatidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

yellow-billed pintail
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Puno, Peru

yellow-billed pintail
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cuzco, Peru

yellow-billed pintail
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

yellow-billed pintail
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cuzco, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~52 cm (20.5 in). The Yellow-billed Pintail is uniformly brown with black mottling on the sides and underparts. The back has dark feathers with rusty edges giving the visual effect of large scales. The bill is yellow with a black stripe along the ridge of the culmen. It forages at the edges of Andean Lakes and wetlands. It is similar to the Yellow-billed Teal but distinguished by larger size and a brown head and neck. Also, see White-cheeked Pintail.

Status: The Yellow-billed Pintail is common to uncommon in seemingly three disjunct populations in the high Andes where it normally ranges at elevations between 3000 to 4400 m. It is also rare in coastal lagoons and estuaries.

Name in Spanish: Pato Jergón.

Sub-species: Yellow-billed Pintail (Anas georgica) Gmelin, 1789.

Meaning of Name: Anas: L. duck. georgica: L. geōrgikos, georgicus= agricultural,  farmer.

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Distribution Map
Yellow-billed PintailVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.