Whio partnership off to a flying start
The future of one of New Zealand’s most endangered species is looking brighter, with the latest whio breeding season resulting in 206 new ducklings at one breeding site alone.
The Battle for our Birds | Conservation blog
Recently we posted about the problem of increased predator numbers this year, due to predicted heavy beech forest seedfall. We also discussed what this could mean for our endangered native wildlife. Today, we’re going to have a closer look at what we’re going to do about it… How does DOC plan to protect at risk populations? […]
Blue Duck (Whio) Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos [critically endangered]
Blue Duck [Whio] Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos The Blue Duck is a dark slate-grey with a chestnut-flecked breast and a paler bill and eye. The pinkish-white bill has fleshy flaps of skin hanging from the sides of its tip. The male's call is an aspirated whistle, and the female's is a rattling growl. The Blue Duck is born with a green beak for just 8 hours after birth; where it then develops to its final colour. This species is a resident breeder in New Zealand, nesting in hollow logs, small…