The pintail is a winter visitor to wetlands throughout Ireland from October to March. It is a large duck and it gets its name from the long tail feathers present on the male. The pintail nests on the ground in open wetland and it feeds on plant food and also small invertebrates while nesting. When it is not nesting, it forms large flocks with other species of ducks.
It is red-listed in Ireland due to significant decreases in the number of birds wintering here.