Bird of the Week: Northern Pintail

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AGFC) -- The bird of the week is Northern Pintail.

    Slim and long-necked, the Northern Pintail has a distinctive silhouette. The male is easy to identify by his striking markings and long tail (for which the species is named), but even the female can be recognized by her graceful, long-necked shape. They are not as colorful as some of our other waterfowl species, but their plumage is still striking and elegant, a favorite among birders and hunters alike.

    This is a dabbling duck, like the Mallard, and feeds primarily on grain, seeds, weeds, aquatic insects, crustaceans, and snails. They winter in Arkansas and are listed as common. They can be seen here from early October through mid-April, and are a prize species for many hunters.

    Speaking of which, duck season opens this weekend! The first part of the season runs from 11/23/13 - 12/1/13 and the daily bag limit for the Northern Pintail is 2. The best places to see these birds are in flooded agri fields or other shallow wetland areas, and most WMA's in the delta that have flooded areas for waterfowl habitat are great places to hunt them.

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