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Bird name:

Pintail

Anas acuta

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

PT

BTO 5

PINTA

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Pintail is an uncommon breeding species at various sites in Scotland and England, and a common wintering species in many areas of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has an "Amber" status because of its small, localised breeding populations, and concentrated wintering populations.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Pintail: Slender, long-necked duck with long, central tail feathers. Pale grey back and sides with fine black barring, some black and pale yellow feathers on back, black vent, and white underparts. Dark brown head and nape with white line on side of neck. Blue-grey bill. Dark green patch in wing.


Range and Habitat

Pintail: Primarily a winter visitor to the UK; a few birds are summer or resident breeders. Though birds can be seen year round, most are seen in winter months. Visible in coastal Wales and England, throughout Ireland, and in Scottish Uplands. Habitat includes lakes, rivers and coasts.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Pintail 3

  • Title: Pintail 3
  • Description: Whistled calls of males.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Pintail 4

  • Title: Pintail 4
  • Description: Quacks of females.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Xeno-Canto Sound

Pintail E1

  • Title: Pintail E1
  • Recordist: Frank Lambert
  • Description: Calls given in flight.
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "August 15, 2016"

Jean Roche Similar Sounding

Teal 3

  • Title: Teal 3
  • Description: Whistle calls of a male.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"geee", "pruh", "prripp"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Unlike most birds with such large ranges, the Pintail has no geographical subspecies, assuming the Eaton's Pintail is considered a separate species.
  • The scientific name is derived from two Latin words: anas, meaning "duck", and acuta, from the verb acuere, meaning "sharpen"; the species term, as well as the English name, refers to the male's pointed tail.
  • This elegant duck with its trim form and swift flight, has been dubbed 'the greyhound of the air'. It has also been called pintail, sprig, sprigtail, spike, and spiketail.
  • A group of pintails are collectively known as a "cushion" or "knob" of pintails.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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