Story: Wetland birds

Male and female paradise shelduck

A paradise shelduck pair usually stays close together, each bird calling in turn as they move about. The male’s call is deeper than the female’s. The female has a white head, whereas the male’s head is glossy green-black. Like other shelducks they have a long goose-like neck.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Paradise shelducks – pūtangitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 April 2024)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015