Pintail

Anas acuta

Pintail

Pintail

Quick Facts

Classification

Scientific name:

Anas acuta

Family:

Ducks, geese and swans

Conservation status:

Amber

Measurements

Length:

63cm to 70cm

Wingspan:

80cm to 95cm

Weight:

550g to 2.2kg

About the Pintail

The pintail is a medium-sized duck, slightly bigger than a mallard. These ducks have small heads and long necks. Males have brown heads, white necks, grey bodies and dark tails. Females are mostly brown all over.

The easiest way to distinguish pintails from other ducks can be during flight, as pintails fly with curved back pointed wings and tapering tails.

There is a small breeding population in the UK, with large numbers arriving in the winter months.

What does a Pintail eat?

Their diets consist of plants and invertebrates.

Learn more about the Pintail

Other birds in the Ducks, geese and swans family

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