IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern
Christopher L. Wood
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.
No other female dabbling duck has such a long thin neck and a plain tan face.
Simple Steps for Identifying Confusing Brown Ducks—Females and Otherwise, All About Birds blog, November 21, 2014.
What to Watch For: Duck Courtship [video], All About Birds blog, January 20, 2015.