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|Identify This 2011-03-22|
Range: Northern Parts of N. Hemisphere. Winters south to n. S. America, Africa, India.
Habitat: Marshes, praries, fresh ponds, lakes, salt bays.
Size: 26-30 in. (65-75 cm.)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) Fairly common
Description: Male: A slender, slim-necked, gray duck with a white breast and a long needle-pointed tail. A conspicuous white point runs from neck onto side of dark head. Female: Mottled brown; note rather pointed tail, slender neck, blue-grey bill. In flight, shows one light border on rear of rusty speculum.
Similar Species: (1) female Mallard; (2) female gadwall, (3) Long-tailed Duck (not a "dabbler").
Voice: Male utters a double-toned whistle, prrip, prrip, wheezy teal-like notes. Female, a low quack.
Description from A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America Fifth Edition by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson.
Photographs copyright Roger Tory Peterson