023 (Northern) Pintail
(Anas acuta)


51-62 cm. Very elegant, tenuous, long-necked surface-feeding duck. It has slim, grey bill with black sides, chocolate-brown head and gleaming white neck-stripe and breast. The Northern Pintail has long, spiky black and buff feathers and creamy patch in front of black undertail. Its black central tail feathers form long spike.


In Hungary fairly common transient on lakes, but also breeds in small numbers near shallow ponds surrounded by short grassland, primarily on the Great Plain. During spring migrates through Hungary primarily in Februar and March, and far fewer in number in April. Autumn migration starts in early September and lasts until November. Few individuals overwinter on unfrozen waters.

023 (Northern) Pintail pic

© Graphics by Szabolcs Kókay

Source: 1) Lovászi Péter (editor): Javasolt különleges madárvédelmi területek Magyarországon, Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2002; 2) BirdLife International:IUCN Red List for birds. Species factsheet; 3) Králl Attila, Nagy Károly: Fontos Madárélőhelyek Magyarországon (Területek, kritériumok és minősítő fajok) MME Monitoring Központ, 2007; 4) Szabolcs Kókay bird illustrations; 5) www.hungarianbirdwatching.com bird descriptions and checklists, 2004-2012; 6) Lars Svensson et al.: Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe 2nd Edition, Harper Collins, 2010; 7) MME Nomenclator Bizottság: Nomenclator avium Hungariae. An annotated list of the birds of Hungary. Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2008