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Northern Pintail

(Anas acuta)
Alternate name(s): "Pintail", "Pin-tailed Duck"
German name(s): "Spießente"

Size: 59-76 cm (male), 51-64 cm (female); wing span 80-95 cm
Weight: 450-1360 g (male), 455-1135 g (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Pintail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Near-frontal view of a male Northern Pintail in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]

Lateral view of a male Northern Pintail in breeding plumage; click on image to see a pair of Northern Shovelers for comparison (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo Estuary Nature Reserve, Portugal, February 2018]


Female Northern Pintail, centre, with two males in breeding plumage; photo taken at nightfall (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Coruche, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Female Northern Pintail banking to land (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, Portugal, October 2017]

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