Pintails are one of the most popular ducks sportsmen bring to taxidermists. Not only because of their wide distribution, but also the beauty of the drakes in winter plumage. During my search for photo references, I was amazed at how many good sharp photos were available of pintails in flight. Pintails or northern pintails (Anas acuta) are ducks with a wide geographic distribution that breed in the northern areas of Europe and across all of Eurasia north of the foothills of the Himalayas, and North Africa. Unusual for a bird with such a large range, it has no geographical subspecies.
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