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Bird  Pintail Ducks

Pintail Ducks - Photo  Copyright 2000 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Anas acuta

Size: Approximately 50cms from head to base of tail. The distinctive pointed tail of the male, which gives these ducks their name, is approximately 20cms long.

Distribution: Mostly seen on the estuaries around the coast of Britain.

Months seen: All year.

Habitat: Lakes and estuaries.

Food: Aquatic vegetation and insects.

Special features: Most of the Pintails seen in Britain are winter visitors. There are some resident breeding birds, but they are confined to a few sites in Scotland and the east of England. During winter months they are widely distributed on lakes and estuaries. They are one of our fastest flying ducks.

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