Pintail - Anas acuta

    Alt Name
    Northern Pintail
    Description

    Slightly bigger than a Mallard, these long-necked and small-headed ducks fly with a curved back pointed wings and a tapering tail, making this the best way to distinguish them from other ducks in the UK.

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    Habitat

    A localised species, Pintails occur sheltered coasts and estuaries. Particularly large concentrations are found on sites such as the Dee Estuary, Solway Estuary and Ouse Washes, but sometimes seen on water bodies inland during the winter months.

    When to see it

    All year. Wintering birds arrive from September with numbers peaking in December. The return migration takes place from late February into March.

    Life History

    They eat a variety of plants and invertebrates.

    UK Status

    The small breeding population and significant winter population make them an Amber List species.

    VC55 Status

    Usually a winter bird in Leicestershire & Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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