COMMON  PINTAIL

Anas acuta




DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
Common pintail are found throughout the world, it breeds in the northern areas of Europe, Asia and North America. They winters south of its breeding range to the Equator..
 
DESCRIPTION
This is a fairly large duck, with a long pointed tail. The male has a very distinctive brown, grey and white appearance, whereas the female has mainly light brown plumage and a shorter tail.
 
REPRODUCTION
Breeding takes place between April and June, with the nest being constructed on the ground and hidden amongst vegetation in a dry location, often some distance from water. The female lays seven to nine cream-coloured eggs at the rate of one per day, which incubate for 22-24 days.
 
DIET
It feeds on seeds, rhizoms and roots of aquatic plants.
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
They can migrate for long distances: a bird that was caught and ringed in Canada, was found in England nine days later.
 
LONGEVITY
They can live between 15-25 years. Maximum longevity in wild was 27.5 years.