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Northern Pintail

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Male  Photo by dahyon
Photo by dahyon
Anas acuta


[edit] Identification

Immature Male (right) with adult Bharatpur, Keoladeo National Park, India, Dec-2015Photo by Alok Tewari
Immature Male (right) with adult
Bharatpur, Keoladeo National Park, India, Dec-2015
Photo by Alok Tewari

65 to 75 cm (25½-29½ in) in length, while females are smaller at 50 to 55 cm (19¾-21¾ in).

  • Pale grey bill with black stripe down centre
  • Dark brown head
  • White neck, breast and belly
  • White finger extending up back of neck to rear part of face
  • Grey flanks and back with black centres to back feathers
  • Whitish patch at rear portion of flanks bordering undertail coverts
  • Black undertail coverts
  • Long, black central tail feathers
  • Green speculum
    • White rear border and chestnut forward border

[edit] Similar Species

FemaleBharatpur, Keoladeo National Park, India, Jan-2013Photo by Alok Tewari
Bharatpur, Keoladeo National Park, India, Jan-2013
Photo by Alok Tewari
  • Although female may look like female Mallard, you can tell the difference by the missing teal section in the back of the bird.

[edit] Distribution

Iceland, Northern Europe, Russia, China, North America, and Canada. Common on most lakes.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Isolated southern populations of pintails from Kerguelen (eatoni) and the Crozet Islands (drygalskii) are treated either as subspecies of Northern Pintail or as full species by some authorities[2].

[edit] Habitat

Breeds on freshwaters including flooded meadows, well-vegetated lakes or slow-flowing rivers.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

It feeds by dabbling for plant food mainly in the evening or at night. Diet includes aquatic insects, mollusks and crustaceans as well as grasses and seeds in fields.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a shallow scrape on the ground lined with plant material and down, in a dry location that may be fairly far from water.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase

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