Saturday, 11 May 2013

Bird #40: Northern Pintail Duck

Common Name: Northern Pintail Duck
Scientific Name:  Anas  acuta    
Description: 27-29 inches; large duck; bluish-gray bill; gray feet; pointed tail (longer in drakes); mottled brown; Breeding Drakes: dark brown head; underparts white; white breast and neck stripe; upperparts gray.
Habitat: Shallow wetland

A beautiful bird especially while in breeding plumage; a non-annual migrant; ringed birds have shown that species arrives on the island are of both North America and Eurafrica origins. Bird of Barbados pg 83”