English Toggle Dropdown. Most of the Anatidae in New Zealand are endemic, but a few have become naturalised here and several have been deliberately introduced. Perceived declines in mallard abundance in some regions have prompted NZ Fish and Game Council to initiate research to better understand causes of population … Messages posted to this forum will also be sent as a plain text email to the BIRDING-NZ newsgroup. But, of all the family members, it is the least able to cope with the changes brought about by settlement and is now considered one of the four rarest waterfowl in the world. Sunday – Wednesday 11am – 10pm; Thursday – Saturday 11am – 10pm; Our flagship parlour is situated on the corner of Cook and Grey streets. superciliosa) has been extensive, and today, mallards and mallard-grey duck hybrids (hereafter mallards) are the predominant game bird in NZ. In addition to these amazing birds New Zealand waterways are home to a vast number of bird and animal life. Like its relatives the mallard and American black duck, the Pacific black duck is one of a number of duck species that can quack, with the female producing a sequence of raucous, rapid quacking which decreases in volume.[4]. Ian is the Auckland Regional Representative for Birds New Zealand and has always been interested in the beauty and diversity of birds. The Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa), commonly known as the PBD, is a dabbling duck found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and many islands in the southwestern Pacific, reaching to the Caroline Islands in the north and French Polynesia in the east. The icon links to further information about a selected division including its population structure (gender, age groups, age distribution, religion, country of birth, ethnic group). Grey duck used to comprise 95% of New Zealand’s dabbling duck population in the 1960s, and numbered c.1.5 million in 1970. Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head. Grey females also become targets for mallard attention with the inevitable hatching of grey/mallard hybrids. Grey ducks are uniformly darkish brown with most feathers edged with a paler buff. Grey duck. Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) is a dabbling duck found in open wetlands in Australia and New Zealand. It is a mottled brown duck with white and green flashes on its wings. The great grey migration to Horowhenua is a myth according to reports released by Horowhenua District Council, as the district steels itself for a population boom across all generations. ; Higgins, P. (eds) 1990. A grey duck and mallard duck hybrid. Many of our native ducks became extinct even before Europeans arrived in New Zealand. The crown is almost black, and the face a clean cream crossed with two sharply-defined black stripes, one extending from the bill through the eye to link to the dark crown, the other from the gape and extending across the lower face and beyond the eye. Murray Williams says that the consequence of this is that we already have an extensive hybrid population and that the creation of a uniquely New Zealand duck, the grallard, is well on the way. [5] Rhymer et al. 5. 2. 4. District in New Zealand. Lake Taupo, Waikato, April 2009. Grey. Grey ducks have a pale head with a conspicuous dark facial stripe and grey bill. Grey teal/tētē. Kear, J. Image © Neil Fitzgerald by Neil Fitzgerald www.neilfitzgeraldphoto.co.nz. The upper wing is brown, with the speculum (on the trailing edge of the inner wing) an iridescent green with a trailing narrow white band (and no anterior band). Duck Identification Guide: All the Types of Ducks With Pictures When we think of ducks, we mostly picture the mallard ducks or those that are found in local ponds. It was developed in 1972 by Lance Ruting in New South Wales, Australia, and named after his wife, Ann Elizabeth. 4. 5. Wetland Press,Wellington. Member of the iNaturalist Network, a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. … Home >> Birds of New Zealand >> Grey Duck. The size range is 54–61 cm; males tend to be larger than females, and some island forms are smaller and darker than the main populations. Native grey ducks are going extinct due to interbreeding between these species. The resident population of all statistical areas (level 2; SA2) in Auckland Main Urban Area according to official estimates. FS 14325. Grey teal/tētē (Anas gracilis) originally came from Australia in the mid-19th century. Although critically rare it remains a gamebird and can be legally hunted during the annual waterfowl season (May-June). The critically threatened grey duck Anas superciliosa superciliosa, also known as parera, is an endemic dabbling duck, the New Zealand subspecies of Pacific black duck.It belongs to the Anatidae family of swans, geese and ducks, which is part of the Anseriformes order. Marchant, S.J. The plumage of New Zealand mallards is highly variable due to hybridisation with grey ducks, and also many domesticated mallard varieties that have escaped into the wild population. Description. They would not have made it here, however, without the help of humans. Numbers of grey ducks dropped from 1.5 million in 1970 to fewer than 500,000 in the 1990s. Grey ducks are a wonderful waterfowl species that inhabit New Zealand. While this presumption is based entirely on phenotype, as definitive genetic studies have yet to be undertaken, the diversity of soft part and plumage characteristics of most grey duck-like New Zealand birds compared to those in Australia lends support to this belief. Mallards have orange legs and feet. Offspring of the two species are paler and have less distinct facial stripes. Projected age distribution in the Grey District, New Zealand By age group, 2013 and 2043, % of population; Projected population in the Grey District, New Zealand 1981–2043; Population projections for the Hurunui District, New Zealand Year ended June 1998–2043, number of people The Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa), commonly known as the PBD, is a dabbling duck found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and many islands in the southwestern Pacific, reaching to the Caroline Islands in the north and French Polynesia in the east. This species is widespread from Indonesia and Australia and eastward to New Zealand and much of Polynesia. We aimed to document the relationship between ectoparasite load and host phenotype, and test for an association between the mtDNA diversity of the lice and their hosts, which is predicted based on maternal care. This crimson colour is relatively more prominent in adult males. There might be a two-step extinction underway in New Zealand. [8], The Pacific black duck is mainly vegetarian, feeding on seeds of aquatic plants. Males give soft “raeb raeb” call of variable length. (ed.) Adult. The controlled breeding data (ed.). There might be a two-step extinction underway in New Zealand. Mallards have orange legs and feet. Williams, M. 1981. Williams, M.J. 2013. Grey ducks were formerly found throughout all of New Zealand, including on all vegetated subantarctic islands, Chatham Islands and Kermadec Islands. The grey duck is a wetland feeder (cf. GREY DUCK (ANAS SUPERCILIOSA) IN OTAGO, NEW ZEALAND GRANT D. GILLESPIE Department of Zoology, University of Otago, P.O. Grey ducks were still the most common dabbling duck in New Zealand up to the 1950s, but as introduced mallards became established the two species have interbred. The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features. Post by GrahameNZ » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:56 pm . In Miskelly, C.M. ... (NZ) Sky Grey or one of the (NZ) Duck Egg Blues - depending on which stage of the war it was ... Federal Standard match (NZ) Duck Egg Blue A was used only from 1941 to 1943 (NZ) Duck Egg Blue B. BS101 Sky Blue. mallard also on dry land), consuming mostly plant material, including seeds and soft tips of most aquatic plant species. The Parera grey duck is a good looking native that is being out competed by the aggressive introduced mallard. In flight, it shows a green speculum and pale underwing. Remote lakes and headwater rivers with forested or scrub fringes are preferred. There are three subspecies of Anas superciliosa: The New Zealand subspecies has declined sharply in numbers, at least in its pure form, due to competition from and hybridisation with the introduced mallard. It is usually called the grey duck in New Zealand, where it is also known by its Maori name, pārera. Voice: females give a typical decrescendo call of about 6 loud quacks in a row, soft quacks in communication with ducklings, and a rapid “gag gag gag” repulsion call in courting displays and when pursued by males. Contents: Population. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds, Volume 1, Part B. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Australia. The best opportunity to view grey duck is in forested headwater catchments and away from human settlements (where mallards and hybrids occur), in Northland, West Coast (South Island) and Fiordland. The ducklings leave the nest as soon as the brood is dry, and accompany the female for about 7-9 weeks, but feed themselves from the outset. 2006. Pacific Black Duck 3305.jpg: Pacific Black Duck 5677: Pacific Black Duck 5680.jpg: Pacific Black Duck 6473.jpg: Pacific Black Duck 6476.jpg: Pacific Black Duck 6482.jpg The icon links to further information about a selected division including its population structure (gender, age groups, age distribution, religion, country of birth, ethnic group). Ducks, geese and swans. We studied the population genetics of one population sample of hybrid Mallard x Grey Ducks and their lice in New Zealand. [9], Durack Lakes, Palmerston, Northern Territory, "Hybridization, introgression, and morphometric differentiation between Mallard (, "The ectoparasites of hybrid ducks in New Zealand (Mallard x Grey Duck)", "Mitochondrial analysis of gene flow between New Zealand Mallards (, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pacific_black_duck&oldid=986447864, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 31 October 2020, at 22:49. This probably did not affect New Zealand's aircraft . Grey duck. www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz. This crimson colour is relatively more prominent in adult males. Once commonly found in wetlands and streams, and sometimes in estuaries until the 1950s, grey duck were the main quarry of hunters, comprising 95% of the country's dabbling duck population. New Zealand is home to a wide variety of water fowl. 2. This diet is supplemented with small crustaceans, molluscs and aquatic insects. [2] It feeds by upending, like other Anas ducks. Re: Possible Grey Duck, Lake Pegasus. However, know that there are many types of ducks, and BirdEden categorizes them accompanied by their identification features and pictures to help you understand them well. Grey Duck (Anas superciliosa) (Parera) Sexes are alike but both look similar to female mallards and have similar call. New Zealand Birds Online. Geographical variation: Three subspecies sometimes recognised (pelewensis from Pacific Islands, rogersi from Australia, superciliosa from New Zealand) but distinction between latter two not supported genetically or phenotypically. New Zealand is home to the two rarest Waterfowl species in the world. (Photo shows Elizabeth drake and duck.) Grey ducks are nowadays typically associated with undisturbed waters rather than those in close proximity to human activity. The Whio and the Pateke are struggling for their survival. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand ABSTR^CT.--Small numbers of Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) were introduced into New Zea- land from Great Britain and North America over I00 years ago. They may occasionally occur in flocks with mallards but are usually encountered as singles or in pairs, and are timid and easily spooked. Escapees first bred in the wild in 1952, and by 2000 the UK population numbered 6,000 birds. Studies of their three species of parasitic feather lice support this prediction[6], It was assumed that far more mallard drakes mate with grey duck females than vice versa based on the fact that most hybrids show a mallard-type plumage, but this is not correct; it appears that the mallard phenotype is dominant, and that the degree to which species contributed to a hybrid's ancestry cannot be determined from the plumage. Bird experts have warned that the population security of popular game birds could be at risk if the 2019 duck hunting season goes ahead. Grey Teal can be identified due to the presence of a crimson coloured iris in its eyes. Description. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds. This sociable duck is found in a variety of wetland habitats, and its nesting habits are much like those of the mallard, which is encroaching on its range in New Zealand. Prefers remote wetlands. Murray Williams says that the consequence of this is that we already have an extensive hybrid population and that the creation of a uniquely New Zealand duck, the grallard, is well on the way. Previous topic Next topic. 3. 07 838 6720 Plan your visit The brown teal or Pateke belongs to the same genus as the mallard, grey duck, grey teal and the shoveler duck and there are also numerous other cousins around the world. Animal foods, which make up about 10% of the diet, include a wide range of insect larvae and adults, freshwater snails and worms. Until about 1960 grey ducks made up 95% of New Zealand’s dabbling duck population, but now are estimated to number only 500,000 compared with 5 million mallards! 24 flavours, including dairy free and gluten free options, are available every day of the week. We work to save our wetlands through protection, funding, technical aid and education so that the flora and fauna of our most endangered ecosystem are a legacy we can pass down to future generations. Acta Zoological Sinica 52(Supplement): 579-582. The now extinct Mariana mallard was probably originally derived from hybrids between this species and the mallard, which came to the islands during migration and settled down there. Pure grey ducks are now considered rare but no credible population estimates have been made. All plumages are similar. Grey ducks disperse widely, but mostly occur in “wild” rather than pastoral landscapes. The blue duck or whio (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae endemic to New Zealand. Grey ducks have olive legs and feet. Both sexes have undergone 17 posts Previous; 1; 2; GrahameNZ Posts: 344 Joined: Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:43 am Location: The Wetlands, Christchurch. Grey Duck: Mallard Hen 1. The sexes are alike, but males are 5-10% larger than females. Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) is a dabbling duck found in open wetlands in Australia and New Zealand. There are four key species of duck in New Zealand: Mallard, Grey, Shoveller and Paradise: Mallard Duck: The mallard is the most common duck in New Zealand and the Northern Hemisphere. Grey Duck: Mallard Hen 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Black_Duck. Grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) were the first mammals to be protected by an Act of Parliament in the UK and are currently protected under UK, Scottish, and EU conservation legislation.Reporting requirements under each of these statutes requires accurate and timely population estimates. The New Zealand grey duck population is believed to be extensively hybridised with introduced mallards to such an extent that few pure grey ducks may now exist, hence its “critical” conservation status. 3. At DU we are committed to seeing these wonderful birds succeed. Grey females also become targets for mallard attention with the inevitable hatching of grey/mallard hybrids. Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head. Occasionally, food is sought on land in damp grassy areas. It is usually called the grey duck in New Zealand, where it is also known by its Maori name, pārera. Native grey ducks are going extinct due to interbreeding between these species. The clutch of 8-10 whitish to pale green eggs is incubated for 26-29 days. Mallard hens have a more mottled face and an orange bill with a black saddle. Grey ducks have olive legs and feet. Once commonly found in wetlands and streams, and sometimes in estuaries until the 1950s, grey duck were the main quarry of hunters, comprising 95% of the country's dabbling duck population. Indigenous grey ducks Anas superciliosa and introduced mallards A. platyrhynchos in New Zealand: processes and outcome of a deliberate encounter. Mallard hens have a more mottled face and an orange bill with a black saddle. They lay mainly during August to October. [7] The main reasons for displacement of the grey duck seem to be physical dominance of the larger mallards, combined with a marked population decline of the grey duck due to overhunting in the mid-20th century. The grey duck, New Zealand's endemic subspecies of Pacific black duck, is critically endangered but still hunted. Grey ducks are seasonally monogamous, with all incubation and duckling care contributed by the female. We also stock a range of ice cream sandwiches and take home pints. Two historic data sets were available: from the controlled breeding of F1 and backcrossed grey duck x mallard hybrids undertaken by the New Zealand Wildlife Service (NZWS) 1968–1972, and from a nationwide sampling of wild ducks shot by hunters in May 1998. Ruddy ducks were brought to the UK in the 1930s and 1940s for captive wildfowl collections. The duckshooter’s bag. The population development in Grey as well as related information and services (Wikipedia, Google, images). From 1867 repeated attempts were made to acclimatise English game farm stock, but these failed. Hybrid grey x mallard ducks are confusingly variable in most characteristics and otherwise “good” grey ducks need to be examined closely for any indication of anterior speculum stripe (alar bar) on wing (white or fawn, narrow or wide…if it is visible it is probably of hybrid ancestry), hints of orange on legs, and “dirty” cream face with indistinct edges to the facial stripes. Take iNaturalist NZ mobile with the iNaturalist mobile app: Help us grow with Givealittle. Grey Teal can be identified due to the presence of a crimson coloured iris in its eyes. Other names: Pacific black duck, pārera, parera, gray duck, black duck. Vol 2.OxfordUniversity Press,Oxford,UK. Ducks Unlimited is New Zealand's leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group. (1994) say their data "points to the eventual loss of identity of the grey duck as a separate species in New Zealand, and the subsequent dominance of a hybrid swarm akin to the Mariana Mallard." Food is obtained by 'dabbling', where the bird plunges its head and neck underwater and upends, raising its rear end vertically out of the water. Nests are situated on the ground under cover or in tree forks or epiphytes, the bowl being accumulated debris at the site lined with plucked breast feathers and down. However, the self introduction of the mallard has seen an extraordinary decline in their abundance as the two species have interbred. They have disappeared from all subantarctic islands, and are now rare on the Chatham Islands and much diminished on mainland New Zealand. However, with a recent introduction of a close relative, their future in the country is questionable. Grey Duck (Parera) Species: Anas superciliosa Gmelin ... To discover New Zealand’s unique bird-life and finest natural wonderlands, contact the specialists in custom designed birding tours for small groups, couples and individuals. The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features. During the breeding season they are dispersed on ill-defined territories where the male’s defence is more concentrated on female protection and guarding rather than of space. The New Zealand grey duck population is believed to be extensively hybridised with introduced mallards to such an extent that few pure grey ducks may now exist, hence its “critical” conservation status. 2005. It has a dark body, and a paler head with a dark crown and facial stripes. Williams, M.; Basse, B. A large darkish brown duck with a grey bill, khaki legs, dark brown eyes, and pale buff-edged body feathers. 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