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Northern Pintail

Anas acuta ORDER: ANSERIFORMES FAMILY: ANATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Northern Pintail Photo

Slim and long-necked, the Northern Pintail has a distinctive silhouette. The male is easy to identify by his striking markings and long tail, but even the female can be recognized by her graceful, long-necked shape.

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Calls

Male makes wheezy mewing notes and a whistle. Female quacks.

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