Northern Pintail

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Scientific Name: Anas acuta
Malay Name: Itik-Runcing Utara
Chinese Name: 针尾鸭

Found from Europe to North Africa, temperate Asia and North America, wintering to Equatorial Africa, Indian subcontinent, southern China, Korea, Japan, mainland Southeast Asia, Philippines, Central and South America.


Size: 51-56 cm

Male has distinctive long slender neck with dark chocolate-brown head, white lower foreneck and upper breast, black tail-coverts and elongated central tail feathers. Female has long darkish grey bill, plain brown head and pointed tail. Juvenile resembles female but upperparts darker.

Habitat: Lakes, rivers, marshes and various wetland habitats.

Behaviour/Ecology: Keeps to shallow water, feeding on minute aquatic animals and plants.

Local Status: Very rare migrant.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)

Past accepted records in our database:

Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):

BirdLife International. (2019). Anas acuta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.