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About the Northern Pintail

Also known as: Pintail, Common Pintail

The Northern Pintail is beautiful large species of dabbling duck with a long pointed tail. The male has a distinctive brown, grey and white appearance while the female is mostly light brown and has a shorter tail.

Northern Pintails breed across northern areas of North America, Europe and Asia and in winter migrate as far south as Central America, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Its global population is estimated at 6.1 to 7.7 million birds. The conservation status of this species is Least Concern as of October 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 July 2009
Scientific Name Anas acuta
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. acuta
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
23 to 30 inches
9.3 to 11.1 inches
16 to 48 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East) Arctic

International Names

  • Arrabio (Brazilian)
  • 针尾鸭 (Chinese)
  • Ostralka štíhlá (Czech)
  • Spidsand (Danish)
  • Pijlstaart (Dutch)
  • Jouhisorsa (Finnish)
  • Canard Pilet (French)
  • Spießente (German)
  • Codone Comune (Italian)
  • オナガガモ (Onaga-gamo) (Japanese)
  • 고방오리 (Korean)
  • Stjertand (Norwegian)
  • Rożeniec (Polish)
  • Шилохвость (Russian)
  • Ánade Rabudo (Spanish)
  • Stjärtand (Swedish)

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