Last Modified: 4-3-2022 11:29
Paradise shelduck/pūtangitangi are a common, large duck endemic to New Zealand, found throughout the country. Paradise ducks are the most common endemic waterfowl in New Zealand, only exceeded in numbers by the introduced mallard duck. Paradise ducks form breeding pairs, with the white headed female easily distinguished from the dark grey to black male. Diet is primarily herbivorous with a preference for pasture, which can cause paradise ducks to become a nuisance for agriculture when present in large numbers. Hunting is permitted as a game bird in season. The male paradise duck's call is almost more like a goose's honk.
This pair were observed in the Wither Hills Farm Park.
Image Date: 26/2/2022
Photographer: Christopher Cookson
Location: Latitude: -41.545361 Longitude: 173.958344