The Bahama Pintail is another commonly represented and much loved aviary bird. These birds are hardy, easily bred and generally have no vices, they get along well with other birds, making them suitable for mixed collections.
The male and female are similarly marked with the female being slightly duller in color and having a lighter colored bill.
The drake exhibits no eclipse plumage and is attractive year round.
Being a sub tropical bird, The Bahama Pintail prefers warmer climates, but can adjust to cooler ones as long as some shelter is provide from winter temperatures.Bahama pintails can breed their first year.
This is a species we have had success breeding in trios (1 male 2 hens). Breeding season begins in May in my region. Nest are made on ground in a nesting box or under natural cover.
Clutches consist of 6-10 oval cream colored eggs. They are incubated for about 24 days. The ducklings are easy to raise and are fully feathered in about 6 weeks.
There are several color mutations of the Bahama Pintail , these include the silver Bahama Pintail, blonde Bahama Pintail and the blue Bahama Pintail. To our knowledge only the silver variety is available in the US.