Northern Pintail

(Anas acuta)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

21 to 25 in length

34 wingspan

 
     
 

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Habitat
 
 

Marshes, fields, ponds, lake edges, rivers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Late February to early May and early September to early December

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Anas (mallards, pintails, and allies)  
       
 

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Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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Other Videos
 
  Northern Pintail courtship
The24Keeps
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2011

Northern Pintail courtship displays in Sacramento Valley, California. Courtship involves drakes "showing-off" their remarkable plumage both on the water and in aerial courtship chases.

   
       
  Northern Pintail amid Malards, "River Scene" - March 6, 2014
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 7, 2014

Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) amid Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), Taunton River, near Riverside Avenue, Somerset, Massachusetts, Thursday evening, March 6, 2014, 5:08 PM / 5:15 PM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_76050 / MVI_76081; 1:00 min.

   
       
  Reifel Island Northern Pintail
wetvideocamera
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 9, 2011

Northern Pintail male at Reifel Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC

( Anas acuta )

   
       
  Northern Pintail Ducks At Reifel Bird Sanctuary - Delta
Bob Hilscher
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 1, 2014

We spotted a flock of Northern Pintail ducks on arrival at the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, in Delta, British Columbia. This early sighting let us know we were in for some fantastic birdwatching.

   
       
  Northern Pintail (Anatidae: Anas acuta) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 19, 2011

Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (19 April 2011).

   
       

 

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