Eaton’s Pintail stamps from French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Eaton's Pintail stamps represent the fauna of French Southern and Antarctic Lands this year.

Eaton's pintail (Anas eatoni) is the only endemic duck of French Southern and Antarctic Lands. Hunted until recently, it is now protected, like all birds of TAAF. Its total population is estimated at about 10,000 couples. Its plumage, where the brown colour dominates, is very variable according to sex, season and individuals. The female is slightly smaller and less colorful than the male. Their neck is long and thin, the tail is pointed. The female lays from 3 to 6 eggs which she incubates alone. The nestling becomes independent one month after hatching.

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