Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail
Anas acuta


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

North America, Europe, Russia, Asia; winters in northern Africa, Pacific Islands


Habitat

Lakes, rivers, marshes, swamps, ponds, barrens, tundra


Diet

Grain, seeds, weeds, aquatic insects, crustaceans, and snails

Weight

1 - 3 lbs.

Size

20 – 30 in

Clutch

3 – 12 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Male northern pintails have a chocolate-brown head with a white stripe on each side of the neck extending up from the white breast and belly.
  • Female northern pintails have a dark-brown upper body with a buff or gray head and lower body.
  • Pintails dabble and up-end to feed on the seeds of moist-soil and aquatic plants.
  • The Northern Pintail is among the earliest nesting ducks in North America, beginning shortly after ice-out in many northern areas.
  • If an intruder threatens, a female pintail will pretend to be injured, then lead the predator away from her chicks.

 

Conservation

Least Concern
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