035 Northern Pintail

The Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) is 50-65 cm long large handsome duck. This is a migratory bird breeding in summer widely across northern Europe, Canada, and northern United States; it spends winter in southern Europe, north and east Africa, southern Asia, and South and Central America. It builds nest in a hollow on densely vegetated ground; its typical clutch consists of 7-9 eggs. After breeding, the males of the species leave the breeding grounds and gather at the moulting sites in large flocks to shed their feathers. There, they spend a period of four flightless weeks at the end of which they get ready to migrate.