The Northern Pintail is a widely occurring duck that breeds in the
northern areas of Europe, Asia and North America. It is migratory and
winters south of its breeding range to the equator. Unusual for a bird
with such a large range, it has no geographical subspecies if the
possibly con-specific Eaton's Pintail is considered to be a separate
species. It is a fairly large duck, with a long pointed tail that gives
rise to the species' English and scientific names. The Northern
Pintail's many names describe the male's two long black tail feathers,
which in flight look like a single pin or twig. Hens make a coarse quack
and the drakes a flute-like whistle. The Northern Pintail is a bird of
open wetlands which nests on the ground, often some distance from water.
It feeds by dabbling for plant food and adds small invertebrates to its
diet during the nesting season. When not breeding, it is highly
gregarious, forming large mixed flocks with other species of duck.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Pintail>
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