Pintail (Northern Pintail)
Distribution Britain 85 (-1.2%) Ireland 9 (-25.0%)
Numbers breeding: Britain 33 RBBP Ireland <1 European status: 28,000 (0% in Britain and Ireland)
British population trend: possibly stable
How likely are you to record it? 3 squares (0.1%) Ranked 171=
This fine duck has very precise habitat requirements and is now, at best, a sporadic breeder over most of our area. This is an improvement on 100 years ago when Loch Leven (Kinross) was the only regular site. Now Orkney, Tiree (Argyll) and the washlands of the Fens have established populations and there are scattered records in all four nations. Some of these birds may have originated from feral populations and deliberate introductions. Prospects not particularly good or bad!
Fox, A.D. & Meek, E.R. 1993 British Birds: 86, 151-163.
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From The State of the Nations Birds
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