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Pintail (Anas acuta)

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Description

Pintails are long, slender ducks with long, narrow wings, earning them the nickname "the greyhound of the air." The length of the neck in relation to the torso is longer on the pintail than on any other duck. Males have a dark brown head with a white stripe on each side of the neck coming up from the white breast and belly. The back is blackish gray and the rump has a white patch on each side. The central tail feathers are black and elongated, making up one-fourth of the drakes length. The speculum is iridescent greenish black, which may help with identification on the wing. Females have a dark brown upper body, with lighter brown or gray head and lower body. The female's speculum is a dull brown or bronze.

Average length: M 25", F 21"

Average weight: M 2.2 lbs., F 1.9 lbs.


Migrating and Wintering

Pintails are one of the first ducks to migrate south in the fall and north in the spring. Over half of the pintails in North America migrate through California. The majority of these remain in California for the winter but some continue on to the west coast of Mexico or to northern South America. The Central flyway is used by pintails that breed in Canada and winter in the Texas panhandle, Gulf Coast of Texas, and western Louisiana. Pintails use the Mississippi flyway between breeding grounds in Manitoba and eastern Canada and wintering grounds in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Along coastal wintering grounds, pintails concentrate on shallow fresh or brackish estuaries adjacent to agricultural areas.

Breeding

Pintails breed across Canada, the northern United States and into eastern Siberia. Prairie and tundra habitats are extremely important to pintails, providing shallow marshes and lakes with low and dense vegetation around the edges. Pintails prefer to nest in dry locations, which can be up to a mile from the nearest water.

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