Micke Grove Zoo

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Anas acuta

Habitat: Wetlands including freshwater marshes

Range: Widely distributed - North and Central America, Columbia in South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe including Iceland

Natural Diet: Omnivorous - leaves, seeds, pondweeds, insects, crustaceans, and arachnids

Status In The Wild: Least Concern (Common)


Animal Facts

This species of dabbling duck is called pintail since males sport beautiful long tapering tail feathers. The male's head is dark in color with a white patch on their breasts that tapers upwards along either side of their neck. Their primary and tail feathers are dark brown and slate in color. The females are tan in color. Their dull coloring helps them camouflage from their predators. Pintails migrate in search of appropriate feeding and breeding areas. They usually nest close to water under vegetation cover to protect their nests and eggs from predators.

Pintails are monogamous, breeding in late spring. During breeding season, the males demonstrate a courtship display to attract females. The females lay approximately 7 to 9 eggs that are incubated for 22 to 24 days. Ducklings fledge when they are two months old.

Male Pintail (on the right) sport beautiful tail feathers to attract females during the breeding season

The zoo houses a pair of pintails in a mixed species aviary.

Female pintails are more dull colored which helps them camouflage with their nests and eggs from predators



Distributional range

Northern pintail ducks are found in Canada, Mexico, and the United States