Created 25-Sep-14
Modified 25-Sep-14
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Tadorna variegata

Paradise Shelduck

New Zealand Status: Endemic
Conservation Status: Not Threatened

Tadorna variegata is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, semi-terrestrial waterfowl with goose-like features. Paradise shelducks breed only in New Zealand and are widely distributed in pasture, tussock grasslands and wetlands throughout North, South and Stewart Islands as well as the offshore islands.
Tadorna variegata, Paradise Shelduck Adult MaleTadorna variegata, Paradise Shelduck Adult Male