Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata)

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Tadorna
Species: variegata

Members' Notes:


On Dec 7, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Flightless during its summer moult period, early European writers descibed Marlborough Maori gathering as many as 5000 Paradise Shelduck birds at a time, storing some for their own use, and sending the rest to the Wellington market. Slaughter on that scale no longer occurs. Numbers have now recovered from the decline in the late nineteenth century. The principle North Island habitat is grazed pasture. Breeding pairs are found on stock ponds, while flocks tend to stay nearer larger bodies of water or on open grass flats. Birds are commonly found on wide gravel riverbeds in the South Island, and beside high country lakes. Small numbers may be seen along streams or on coastal flats, lakes and lagoons. They are partial to young grass, clover shoots, grains and seed-heads, newly sown pasture an... read more