Eaton's pintail

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Eaton's pintail
Anas eatoni.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Anas
A. eatoni
Binomial name
Anas eatoni
(Sharpe, 1875)

Dafila eatoni

Eaton's pintail (Anas eatoni) is a dabbling duck of the genus Anas. It is also known as the southern pintail.[2] The species is restricted to the island groups of Kerguelen and Crozet in the southern Indian Ocean. It resembles a small female northern pintail. It was named after the English explorer and naturalist Alfred Edmund Eaton.[3] It is threatened by introduced species, particularly feral cats, which prey on it.

There are two subspecies: A. eatoni eatoni (Kerguelen pintail) and A. eatoni drygalskii (Crozet pintail).

With ducklings, illustration by Keulemans, 1895


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Anas eatoni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Southern Pintail (Anas eatoni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 July 2017).
  3. ^ Boelens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 115–116.

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