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Pintail Duck

Anas acuta
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Habitat: Shallow wetlands, fields, the edges of lakes.

Description:  Male: Chocolate brown head with a white breast and white stripe on its back.  It has a dark bill, and long tail feathers.  Female: Mottled light brown, all over its body.

Size: Male: 64-76cm long.  Female: 51-56 cm long.

Diet: Seeds of sedges, willows and pond weeds, larvae of amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates

Fun Facts: They line their nests with soft feathers from the female’s body.

Source: C. Fisher and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Elk
Cervus elaphus
Golden brown coat in the summer, that gets longer and greyer in the winter. The head, neck and legs are dark brown.  Male's antlers begin to grow in its second year.
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