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Waterfowl Identification in the Central Flyway

Northern Pintail (Sprig)


Male - Winter

GIF -- Picture of Male Pintail-Winter

Body: Large-appearing duck, 2 - 2 1/2 pounds, 22-27 inches long. White over neck, chest and belly. Head brown. Bill bluish with black strip down middle. Feet gray. Elongated black tail. Wings: Distinct gray with iridescent green speculum bordered on leading edge wth buff and trailing edge with white. Voice: Whistle. In Flight: Very elongated body. White neck and belly contrasts with dark head.

Male - Fall

GIF -- Picture of Male Pintail-Fall

Ranging from mottled drab grayish brown plumage to a blotchy near-winter coloration. Bill, feet and wings same as in winter.

Female - All Seasons

GIF -- Picture of Female Pintail

Body: Mottled drab brown. Head dull brown. Bill gray with small black spots. Feet gray. Wings: Mottled brown and buff with dull brownish speculum. Voice: Hoarse quack.

GIF -- Picture of Pintails in Flight


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