Northern Pintail

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Anas acuta

With its long black pointed tail, brown head with white neck stripes and gray slender body, the Northern Pintail drake is one of North America's most beautiful ducks. Their long neck and tail makes them appear larger than a Mallard but in body size and weight they are smaller. The Northern Pintail hen is mottled brown and also has a pointed tail. In flight drakes have iridescent steel green wing patches bordered with light bands. Hens have a duller wing patch bordered with light bands.

Length: 26"
Weight: 1 3/4 lbs.

illustration of pintail hen and eclipse drake

These ducks use all four flyways, but are most plentiful in the west.

They are extremely graceful and fast fliers, fond of zig-zagging from great heights before leveling off to land.

illustration of pintail wings

illustration of pintail drake

They are agile on land and often feed in grain fields.

Northern Pintail
illustration of typical pintail flock pattern

side view illustration of pintail in flightillustration of pintail flying

The drakes whistle; the hens have a coarse quack.