Paradise Shelduck

(Tadorna Variegata)

Appearance:
Male - The male Paradise Shelduck has a blackish head with greenish gloss, finely-barred dark-grey or blackish body, black rump and uppertail, white coverts, blackish flight feathers, secondaries are glossy-green, tertials are chestnut coloured, underparts are brown, black undertail, dark-grey beak, brown eyes, and legs and feet are blackish.
Female - The female has a white head and neck, and chestnut body.

Size: - Typical Adult is about 63cm (25in).

Food: - Graze on grasses, clover, grain, peas, weeds, seeds, and aquatic vegetation.

Habitat/Range: - Grasslands, crop fields, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and ponds throughout New Zealand.

Paradise Shelduck Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - August to December.

Eggs: - 5-10 (whitish colour).

Notes: - Paradise Shelducks are endemic to New Zealand. They are known to the Maori as 'Putangitangi'.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Tadorninae, Genus: Tadorna.

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