Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)

The drainage of wetlands is a continuing problem in both the breeding and wintering areas of this species. 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, and in the north-central United States. Winter migrants occur in the southern United States, and in Mexico. Year-round populations occur in southern coastal British Columbia, and in the western and central United States.

Breeding occurs in freshwater environments. For a complete species account, visit the Great Lakes section.