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 primary culprit is habitat loss and agricultural practices that destroy nests. The US Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting regulates hunting, regarding population fluctuations. Drought periods see a corresponding fall in numbers, and wet years result in some population recovery.

Most Pintails I’ve met have been with birds wintering in California, but Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas hosted some birds wintering there too.

Today, science views Northern Pintails as monotypic (i.e. no subspecies recognised).

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