Taken at Sweetwater Wetlands Tucson, Az 2010,
This stunning dabbling duck is declining in numbers. It breeds from the tundra southward, largely in Alaska, Canada and the Great Plains, nesting in open countries around rivers, marshes, and lakes. Like all dabbling duck, pintails court with vigorous gesturing of the head and erratic paired flights, the male uttering a repeated “burp whistle”.
Pintails in winter in a variety of inland and coastal wetlands, from river margins to marshes and swamps to estuaries. Flocks of flying birds often form lines (smaller dabblers ususlly fly in irregular formations).
This species is usual shy and wary, feeding mostly in the evening and at night.
VOICE Male: a tremulous, tooting whistle, often doubled. Female: nasal quacking, higher and softer than Mallard