pin·​tail | \ˈpin-ˌtāl \
plural pintail or pintails

Definition of pintail 

: a bird having elongated central tail feathers especially : a slender long-necked duck (Anas acuta) of the northern hemisphere with the breeding male having a brown head, a white breast with a white line continuing up the side of the neck, chiefly gray upperparts, and a long black tail and with the female having chiefly mottled brown plumage

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Birds noted on South Monomoy Island included 2 blue-winged teal, 3 Northern shovelers, 14 Northern pintails, a glaucous gull, 5 American oystercatchers, and a snowy owl., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 30 Apr. 2018 S Hagerman Wildlife Refuge The 11,320-acre national refuge at Lake Texoma teems with winter flocks of snow geese, Ross's geese and Canada geese along with scores of winter ducks, such as American wigeons, gadwalls and Northern pintails. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 Waterfowl hunters will also find nearly the same seasons, but duck hunters will find a return to a two-pintail daily limit. Bill Monroe,, "Summer ocean fishing, fall hunting seasons set for Oregon," 20 Apr. 2018 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society: ►Topsfield: Waterfowl tallied at the Topsfield Fairgrounds last week included a cackling goose, 10 northern pintail, 38 green-winged teal, and a Eurasian green-winged teal., "Bird sightings," 17 Mar. 2018 Hunting - Guide Brian Davenport of Fin and Fowl reported solid hunts in the marsh east of town for teal, gadwalls and pintails. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 13," 12 Jan. 2018 Dozens of different birds—Northern pintails, wild turkeys, Franklin's gulls, Steller's jays, and cedar waxwings, just to name a few—make homes for themselves in Yellowstone National Park during at least part of the year. National Geographic, "More Birds Expected for Majority of National Parks—Here's Why," 21 Mar. 2018 Guide Caleb Harp reported good shoots for pintails, teal and shovelers near El Campo. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 26," 25 Jan. 2018 Mike Grigar of Johnny's Sport Shop in Eagle Lake reported mixed bags of teal and pintails. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 28," 27 Jan. 2018

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1768, in the meaning defined above

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