American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A duck (Anas acuta) of the Northern Hemisphere, having gray, brown, and white plumage and a sharply pointed tail. Also called sprigtail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as pintailed.
- n. The pin-tailed duck, Dafila acuta. Also called, from the peculiarity of the tail, pickettail, pigeontail, piketail, sharptail, spiketail, spindletail, splittail, sprigtail, sprittail or spreettail, and kite-tailed widgeon. See cut under Dafila.
- n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida.
- n. The sharp-tailed or pin-tailed grouse, Pediœcetes phasianellus, more fully called pintail chicken.
- n. A dabbling duck, Anas acuta, of the northern hemisphere that has a long pointed tail.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A northern duck (Dafila acuta), native of both continents. The adult male has a long, tapering tail. Called also
gray duck, piketail, piket-tail, spike-tail, split-tail, springtail, sea pheasant, and gray widgeon.
- n. (Zoöl.) The sharp-tailed grouse of the great plains and Rocky Mountains (Pediocætes phasianellus); -- called also
pintailed grouse, pintailed chicken, springtail, and sharptail.
- n. long-necked river duck of the Old and New Worlds having elongated central tail feathers
“The similar whistling call of the pintail is on the same pitch.”
“In more western regions, there have been more frequent sightings of "mainland ducks" such as pintail ducks (Anas acuta) and mallard (A. platyrhynchos ).”
“Final straw was when I jumped up three beautiful fully-feathered pintail males off a ditch in mid-December.”
“Just offshore some mallard and pintail – birds usually found on fresh water – were bobbing up and down on the waves, along with two truly marine ducks, an eider and a common scoter.”
“We're pacing one of the rivers here, tea-colored with a pintail duck on it and geese in a up against the clouds and rocks and tumbleweed, everything looking obdurate.”
“If I am spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a guided trip to another part of the country (or Canada or Mexico), or trying to get my first pintail or black duck, I would defiantly spend the extra money to get premium shot.”
“It would have to be either a common goldeneye or a pintail.”
“Two years ago shot a half mallard drake and half pintail drake, it might be something like that.”
“The report identified common bird species such as the American oystercatcher, common nighthawk, and northern pintail that are likely to become species of conservation concern as a result of climate change.”
“But usually, when someone like me comes in and asks for a board, a 6–5 pintail thruster, say, with a hard edge and loose tail, he will take one look at the person, ask a few questions, and then some board he made perhaps twenty years ago in France for someone of a similar size and ability will pop into his head.”
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birds with singular names from
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Birds endemic to the United States and/or North America.
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