Northern Pintail

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

Range:
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.

Taxonomy:
Monotypic.

Size: 51-56 cm

Identification:
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)

Location: Most recent sighting was a male at Sungei Buloh Mainhide on 3 Feb 2016. Previous sightings were at Jurong River (Dec 1967 to Jan 1968), Poyan Reservoir (Nov 1983) and Senoko (Nov to Dec 1992).

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External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

References:
BirdLife International. (2019). Anas acuta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Lim, K. S., Chia, A., Yong, D. L., & Chew, J. (2009). The Avifauna of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore).
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.