Pintail

Scientific name: Anas acuta

Did you know: The Pintail Duck, known for its elegant long tail and sleek body, is a marvel of the duck world, exhibiting unique flight patterns with its pointed wings!

What Do Pintail Ducks Look Like? (how to identify them)

Slightly larger than a Mallard, the Pintail Duck stands out with its long neck and small head. In flight, its curved, pointed wings and elongated tail are its most distinctive features, making it easily recognisable among UK ducks.

Differences Between Male And Female Pintail Ducks

Male Pintail Ducks boast a striking chocolate head and neck with a creamy throat, while the females are more subdued in colour. Both sexes have long and slender darkish-grey bills, but it’s the male’s vibrant plumage that truly catches the eye.

What Do Pintail Ducks Eat?

These ducks have a varied diet, feeding on an assortment of plants and invertebrates. They are known to adapt their feeding habits to the available resources in their habitat.

Where Do Pintail Ducks Live? (inc. migration info)

Pintail Ducks are predominantly winter visitors to Britain, often found in sheltered coastal areas, marshes, and estuaries. They breed in places like East Anglia and the Scottish Isles, migrating to the UK from their breeding grounds in the northern parts of Europe and across the Palearctic and North America.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Pintail Ducks)

The male Pintail Duck has a soft, whistling call, while the female emits a coarser quack. They are especially vocal in large groups, creating a symphony of sounds that can be heard over great distances.

Fun Pintail Duck Facts (kid friendly)

  • Pintail Ducks are larger than Mallards but are known for their more slender and graceful build.
  • In flight, their pointed tails and curved wings make them easy to spot.
  • They have a unique diet that includes a variety of plants and small creatures.
  • Pintail Ducks are social birds, often forming large flocks with other duck species.
  • They are excellent swimmers and can also walk well on land.
  • The male Pintail Duck is particularly striking with its long central tail feathers.
  • Both male and female ducks have blue and grey bills with grey-coloured legs and feet.
  • They are a rare and localised breeding bird in the UK, making them an Amber List species.
  • The Pintail Duck’s population is not globally threatened, thanks to their large range and population size.

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Pintail

Diet: A variety of plants and invertebrates.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 63-70cm
Wingspan: 80-95cm
Weight: 700-900g
Scientific Name: Anas acuta

The Pintail Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December