Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

The drainage of wetlands is a continuing problem in both breeding and wintering areas. Thousands of northern pintail nests are lost each year when they are destroyed by farm equipment. Lead poisoning is also believed to be a major source of adult death.


The northern pintail breeds throughout most of Canada, including the Arctic, and in the north-central United States. They breed extensively along the St. Lawrence seaway. Winter migrants occur in the southern United States, and in Mexico. Year-round populations are maintained in southern coastal British Columbia, and in the western and central United States. Breeding occurs in fresh water environments.

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