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NZs paradise shelduck was called the painted duck by Cook

September 29, 2009

web paradise ducklingsI saw my first Paradise ducklings of the season over this past weekend … these birds are unusual in they sometimes nest in trees, some 10 – 15 metres above the ground.

They are also the only birds in New Zealand who have increased in numbers since Cook arrived in NZ: he named them the painted duck.

female on Avon river

female on Avon river

male paradise -- they pair for life

male paradise -- they pair for life

See other blogs I have written about NZs flightless birds and this website for more information.

  1. May 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    It was Capt Cook who first named them the Painted Duck … but i dont know where the ‘paradise’ came from … maybe someone else can help with this


  2. May 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    No sorry I don’t :(


  3. beth victoria permalink
    May 24, 2011 9:51 PM

    do you know why there called paradise ducks?? :P


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