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Northern Pintail: here’s the scoop

threats

Their overall population trend is decreasing, although some populations may be stable. This species has undergone a large and statistically significant decrease over the last 40 years in North America (-77.3% decline over 40 years).

Species

Northern Pintail

Scientific name

Anas acuta

Habitat

Open lowland grassland, prairie or tundra habitats containing freshwater, brackish and saline wetlands with shallow water

Diet

Seeds, algae, rice, tubers, aquatic plants, grasses, and aquatic invertebrates

life expectancy

18 – 22 years

Did you know?

Long-distance migrants. Northern pintails are one of the first ducks to migrate south to wintering grounds in the southern half of the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

Range

North America, Europe, and Asia

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant