Key information: The Northern Pintail is an elegant duck that visits Cyprus in the winter. It has a long thin neck, a slim body and a long pointy tail. It is a dabbling duck, much like the Mallard, which means it forages in shallow waters by upending its body in the water. The female differs from the male, having a light brown pattern throughout its plumage.
Length: 51 – 62 cm
When they can be seen: Autumn, winter, spring
What they eat: Seeds, invertebrates
In Cyprus: Can be seen at wetlands such as Oroklini Lake, Akrotiri Marsh and Athalassa Park
Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis