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Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Northern Pintail
copyright Richard Ditch
Length: 26 in. (66 cm)
Often wintering in large numbers on freshwater lakes, ponds and marshy areas, in the summer it nests in a wide range of habitats from boreal forest lakes, to tundra and marshy pond edges. The nest is usually near water but sometimes under shrubs or in stubble fields. It is made of grass and lined with feather down. The pintail feeds from near the water's surface on seeds, aquatic vegetation and a few small fish and aquatic invertebrates. This duck species occurs throughout the world including northern South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the South Pacific. The four-digit banding code is NOPI.
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Female
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Open water
Open water

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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