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Pintail: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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Pintail Duck. Illustration from British Game Birds and Wildfowl by Beverley R Morris

Pintail Duck. Illustration from British Game Birds and Wildfowl by Beverley R Morris

These slim, elegant ducks have long tail feathers – sometimes 20 cm long in the male – which prevent confusion with any other duck. Pintail feed on the surface of estuaries or inland waters, often up-ending, paddling with the feet and tilting the tail to keep a correct balance. The male guards the nest during incubation; and while the female tends the ducklings, both sexes feign injury to lure intruders from the site.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

 

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