An abundant, sexually dimorphic pintail, the male being very striking and distinctive. The most widespread of the Anseriformes, breeding across virtually the whole of the northern areas of North America and Eurasia, including a few pairs in the UK. It is migratory, wintering to the south and forming huge flocks in some areas, always within the northern hemisphere, but vagrants have occurred on Pacific Island and in South America. Eaton's Pintail, of Kerguelen and Crozet, was formerly included but has now been split, I have yet to obtain a photo!

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