Paradise Shelduck, Pūtangitangi

Tadorna variegata
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New Zealand status: Endemic

Conservation status: Not Threatened

The paradise shelduck/pūtangitangi is a distinct duck often seen in pairs, becoming common to spot in sports fields and parks.

The male is uniformly dark grey or black while the female body is a dark or light chestnut. The male’s head is black with occasional green iridescence and the female’s head and upper neck is pure white. Both have a chestnut undertail, black primary wing feathers, green secondary wing feathers and a conspicuously white upper wing surface. The bill, legs and feet are dark grey/black.

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Female and male paradise shelducks. Credit: Oscar Thomas.