Formerly known as Bahama Pintail, this species has a wide distribution across South America and the West Indies, as far as Galapagos and Argentina; however it does not breed in many areas, and seems confined to lowlands. There are three races, West Indian, a larger South American and an isolated race on Galapagos. Usually in pairs or small flocks it is dispersive, the centre bird was taken in Chile, where it is a rare non-breeding visitor. All others in captivity, where it is common.

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