French: Fuligule de Nouvelle-Zélande German: Maoriente Spanish: Porrón maorí
Anas novae Seelandiae
J. F. Gmelin
New Zealand = Dusky Sound, South Island, New Zealand
New Zealand: fragmented range on North I, but more widespread throughout W South I.
40–46 cm; male 630–760 g, female 530–700 g; wingspan c. 60 cm. Only male Aythya that is dark overall with yellow eye; no eclipse plumage;... read more
Considered to be generally quiet, with most vocalizations associated with displays: male gives soft... read more
Fairly deep, large, freshwater lakes and shallow, coastal lagoons, from sea level to c. 1000 m on... read more
Food and feeding
Apparently mixed diet of aquatic invertebrates, including gastropods and insects (e.g. dragonflies, damselflies, water boatmen and... read more
Lays mainly Oct/Nov, rarely earlier, and season can extend until Feb; ducklings mainly observed Dec–Jan. In single pairs or loose... read more
Mostly sedentary, with only small-scale movements recorded; winter congregations suggest local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Still widespread, though severely reduced during first decades of present century through hunting, which to some extent remains a... read more
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