SOUTH GEORGIAN PINTAIL
(Anas Georgica Georgica)
Southern Pochard        Spot Billed Duck


Andean Flamingo Zone - Slimbridge
The South Georgian Pintail found in Andean Flamingo Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
South Georgia
Breeding Habitat - South Georgia
Endemic to the sub-antarctic island of South Georgia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Visitor to the South Sandwich Islands.

Conservation Status


Size
430mm to 550mm (17" to 22")

Appearance - Drake
The South Georgian Pintail has a Reddish crown, Light Brown cheeks and throat, Dark Grey underwings and a pointed tail. The back, breast and flanks are scalloped with Buff, the underparts are Buff/White, mottled with Brown. The bill is Yellow with a Blue and Black line on the culmen and tip. The feet are Greenish-Grey.

Appearance - Duck
Similar to the male except it has mottled upperwing coverts and a dull Brown speculum.

Habitat
Favoured habitat includes freshwater pools and streams fringed by tussock grassland, seal wallows and poorly drained land next to wetlands and melting snow, as well as coastal habitats.

Diet
Vegetation, Algae, Invertebrates, Aquatic Insects, Fairy Shrimp, small Clams, Snails and also known to scavenge Seal Carcasses.

Breeding Time
Late October to early March

Nest
Concealed in tussock grass made from a base of grass stems and down feathers, shielded by overhanging vegetation.

Eggs
Quantity: 3 to 5.
Colour: pale cinnamon/pink.

Slimbridge Wildfowl C - F
Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis)
Canvasback (Aythya Valisineria)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis Novaehollandiae)
Cape Teal (Anas Capensis)
Chestnut Teal (Anas Castanea)
Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis)
Chiloe Wigeon (Anas Sibilatrix)
Chinese Spot-Billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis Melanotos)
Common Merganser (Mergus Merganser)
Coot (Fulica Atra)
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba Coscoroba)
Crested Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides Virgo)
Eider (Somateria Mollissima)
Emperor Goose (Anser or Chen Canagicus)
Eurasian Crane (Grus Grus)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope)
Falcated Duck (Anas Falcata)
Ferruginous Duck (Aythya Nyroca)
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta Naevosa)
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SOUTH GEORGIAN PINTAIL
Southern Pochard        Spot Billed Duck
South Georgian Pintail
©Nigel Key South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge September 2013)

The South Georgian Pintail, also known as the South Georgian Teal, is a dabbling duck.

In the late 19th Century, the pintails were considered common, however, by the early 20th Century the population had been reduced considerably by whalers and sealers.

Since the South Georgia whaling base has been abondoned the population has started to recover. Current threats are mainly due to the eggs and chicks being at risk from Brown Rats and predatory birds such as Brown Skuas.



Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge March 2014) South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge July 2014) South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge May 2015)
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South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge September 2013) South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge September 2013) South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge September 2013)
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South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge May 2013) South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge May 2013) South Georgian Pintail (Slimbridge May 2013)
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