Northern Pintail

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 29 July 2009
Scientific Name
Anas acuta
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anas
  • A. acuta
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
23 to 30 inches
9.3 to 11.1 inches
16 to 48 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Arrabio
Chinese (汉语) 针尾鸭
Czech (Cesky) Ostralka štíhlá
Danish (Dansk) Spidsand
Dutch (Nederlands) Pijlstaart
Finnish (Suomi) Jouhisorsa
French (Français) Canard Pilet
German (Deutsch) Spießente
Italian (Italiano) Codone Comune
Japanese (日本語) オナガガモ (Onaga-gamo)
Korean (한국어) 고방오리
Norwegian (Norsk) Stjertand
Polish (Polski) Rożeniec
Russian (русский язык) Шилохвость
Spanish (Español) Ánade Rabudo
Swedish (Svenska) Stjärtand
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