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 Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)




Northern Pintail | Anas acuta photo
Northern Pintail (Male), Laguna Madre Nature Trail, South Padre Island, Texas

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Northern Pintail | Anas acuta photo
Northern Pintail, Laguna Madre Nature Trail, South Padre Island, Texas

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

NORTHERN PINTAIL FACTS

Description
The Northern Pintail is a medium-sized duck with a long thin neck and pointed tail. The male has a dark reddish brown head, white neck and underside, thin white stripe on the neck. The sides and back are gray. The lower back feathers are black with pale edges. The tail is very long tail with black central tail feathers. The bill is black with gray stripes. The male non breeding is duller and central tail feathers are broader and shorter. The female has tan face, white chin, brown back with light edges to feathers, tan breast, white belly. Juveniles are similar to females.

Size
51cm - 76cm

Environment
shallow wetlands, lakes, intertidal zone

Food
Grain, seeds, plants, insects, crustaceans, snails.

Breeding
The nest is a scrape in the ground lined with grass and down situated amongst brush or grass. Female lays three to twelve greenish buff eggs.

Range
found in Alaska, most of Canada, and most of the United States. Winters from central United States to Mexico, and into northern South America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anas
Species:acuta
Common Name:Northern Pintail


Relatives in same Genus
  American Wigeon (A. americana)
  Northern Shoveler (A. clypeata)
  Green-winged Teal (A. crecca)
  Cinnamon Teal (A. cyanoptera)
  Blue-winged Teal (A. discors)
  Eurasian Wigeon (A. penelope)
  Mallard (A. platyrhynchos)
  Gadwall (A. strepera)