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a greyish-brown duck, Anas acuta, with slender pointed wings and a pointed tail



(Anas acuta), a bird of the family Anatidae. The body length is about 70 cm. The males weigh about 900 g; the females weigh less. The two middle rectrices are very long (hence the name). The pintail is widely distributed in Europe, Asia, and North America. In the USSR it is not found in the Far North, the southern European part, and Middle Asia; during the molting period in the summer, it is commonly seen in the Volga River delta and on the lakes of southwestern Siberia and Kazakhstan. It is a migratory bird, and in the USSR it winters on the southern Caspian Sea. The pintail prefers shallow lakes. It nests in dry places. The clutch contains nine or ten greenish white eggs, which are incubated for 22 to 23 days. The diet consists of plants and animals. The pintail is a game bird.

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5]N) reveal associations among geographic location and condition of Alaskan Northern Pintails.
Northern pintails showed up in phenomenal numbers across their primary breeding range last spring.
2011 Percentage of Change 2010-2011 2011 Compared to Long-Term Average Mallard 9% 22% Gadwall 10% 80% America Wigeon -14% -20% Green-winged Teal -17% 47% Blue-winged Teal 41% 91% Northern Shoveler 14% 98% Northern Pintail 26% 0% Redhead 27% 106% Canvasback 16% 21% Scaup 2% -15%
The breeding population of northern pintails in North America has declined since the 1970s (United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in litt.
Johnson and Grier (1988) concluded that 60% of migrating northern pintails in North America pass through northwestern Montana and southern Alberta during spring or proceed directly to far-northern breeding grounds.
MATERIALS AND METHODS--We captured northern pintails along the southern coast of California at Point Mugu, Ventura County.
We used a baited rocket-net and a swim-in funnel trap (Schemnitz, 1994) to capture northern pintails on the duck club at Ventura County Game Preserve at Point Mugu during 18-20 February 2001.
We acquired data from satellites to monitor movements of northern pintails, in which polar-orbiting environmental satellites (NOAA) monitored signals from the PTTs and re-transmitted data to Argos, Inc.
Only mallard, common shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), northern pintail (Arias acuta), and Eurasian teal (A.
Decoy trap bias and effects of markers on reproduction of Northern Pintails.
Five species of indigenous North American ducks were used in this study: mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), northern pintail (Anas acuta), blue-winged teal (Anas crecca), redhead (Aythya americana), and wood duck (Aix sponsa).
dagger]) HPAI, highly pathogenic avian influenza; BWT, blue-winged teal; RD, redhead; WD, wood duck; MD, mallard; NP, northern pintail, LG, laughing gull; Mongolia/05, A/Whooper Swan/Mongolia/244/05; Anyang/01, A/Duck Meat/Anyang/01.

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