Northern Pintail

Scientific Name: Anas acuta
Common Name: Northern Pintail 

Identifying Features: Male has long neck and tail, chocolate-brown head and white breast with a white stripe extending up the side of the neck, upperparts and sides are grey, bill is bluish and the legs are blue-grey; Female has light brown body with a more uniformly grey-brown head, tail shorter than males.

Fun Facts:

  •  It is highly gregarious outside the breeding season and forms very large mixed flocks with other ducks.
  • Popular species for game shooting because of its speed, agility, and excellent eating qualities, and is hunted across its range. Although one of the world’s most numerous ducks, the combination of hunting with other factors has led to population declines.


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