Slim and long-necked, the northern pintail has a distinctive silhouette.
Its elongated, spoon-shaped bill has comblike projections along its edges, which filter out food from the water.
This stocky, brightly patterned shorebird, can be seen actively pecking, probing, and flipping over stones along rocky shores.
This bird can be seen bobbing and teetering among the rocks and waves during winter and migration.
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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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This baby will grow up to be mostly black above and white below with a long, thin black bill and long, delicate pink legs.
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Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014