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Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
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Figures

Figure 1. Distribution of the Northern Pintail in North America.

This species also breeds in northern Europe and Asia.

Figure 2. Selected courtship behaviors of Northern Pintails

Selected courtship behaviors of Northern Pintails (after Johnsgard 1965, redrawn by J. Schmitt): (a) Grunt-whistle; (b) Head-up-tail-up; (c) aggres-sive Chin-lifting by one male toward another.

Figure 3. Pursuit Flight of Northern Pintail drakes after hen

(from Hochbaum 1944). Drawing by Peter Ward.

Figure 4. Annual cycle of migration, breeding (eggs and young), and molt (male, female) of Northern Pintails

Annual cycle of migration, breeding (eggs and young), and molt (male, female) of Northern Pintails breeding in the Prairie Pothole Region of north-central U.S. and southern Canada. For variation among regions, see text and Appendix 1. Thick lines show peak activity, thin lines off-peak. Dashed line in Migration indicates molt migration.

Figure 5. Northern Pintail breeding population estimates

Northern Pintail breeding population estimates by region, 1955–1994, based on data from annual May breeding waterfowl surveys (U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv. unpubl. data).

Recommended Citation

Clark, Robert G., Joseph P. Fleskes, Karla L. Guyn, David A. Haukos, Jane E. Austin and Michael R. Miller. 2014. Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.163