|Northern Pintail (Anus acuta)|
So, here are the facts:
- Pintails are a very localised species. The 29,000 wintering birds occur in sheltered coasts and on Estuaries.
|A very elegant bird|
- The other 18 to 66 breeding birds are in Eastern England and South Western Scotland all year and Central Scotland in Summer.
- Their diet is a range of invertebrates and plants.
- They are an Amber Status bird because of their small breeding population. They have been an Amber Status for at least the last 3 assessments.
- They are quite a big duck with a 58cm length and an 88cm wingspan. Males weigh 900g and females weigh 700g.
|Looking for dinner|
- The sad thing about breeding populations is that there aren't any nest records in the UK. Obviously more would be welcome as they are a lovely bird!
- They have two local names. The first one is 'Winter Ducks' and the second is 'Sea Pheasant'. The collective noun for Pintails is a 'Flight'.
- They have a typical lifespan of 3 years but the oldest ever Pintail was 15 years 11 months and 20 days old.
So, if you want some more information then here are a few links:
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