16 July 2019 Birds

Putangitangi, Paradise Shelduck

Bred only in New Zealand and widely distributed throughout the main islands, Putangitangi were an important food for Maori.

Pairs remain together from year to year and return to nest in the same area each year. Birds can be seen in the more open areas like Burnside and Canaan.

A partially protected endemic bird. Pairs are to be found on the farmed area of Eastwoodhill, but they also nest in holes in the ground in open areas within the arboretum. Becoming a more frequent visitor each year and in larger numbers. Disturbance of this bird is met by a noisy response.