On Sep 10, 2019, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:
There are three subspecies of Anas superciliosa:-
Australasian Duck - Australia, Indonesia, Southern New Guinea (rogersi, Mathews 1912)
Pacific Black Duck commonly known as PBD - Southwest Pacific Islands, Northern New Guinea (pelewensis, Hartlaub & Finsch 1872)
New Zealand Grey Duck, New Zealand (superciliosa Gmelin 1789)
In the 1960's their numbers made up 95% of NZ's dabbling duck population, but due to being exported to Europe over the years, duckshooting season over the decades, and crossbreeding with other introduced species such as the Mallard, their numbers have been vastly decimated to the degree that they are now a species in serious decline - with the average seasonal kill of 500,000 in years gone by.
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