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Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

The male Northern Pintail is a very handsome and elegant bird. In North America, this bird breeds across most of Canada, Alaska, and the north central USA, but these birds are also native to Europe and Asia.

The population of these birds has dropped nearly by half in the past half century. The main culprit is habitat loss and agricultural practices that destroy nests. Hunting is regulated by USF&W with respect to population fluctuations. Drought periods see a corresponding fall in numbers, and wet years result in some population recovery.

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