Story: Wetland birds

Paradise shelduck nest with eggs (1st of 2)

Paradise shelduck nest with eggs

The female paradise shelduck lays 5–10 eggs in a nest hollow – either on the ground or up in a tree. The female incubates the eggs while the male actively defends the surrounding area.

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Photograph by M. J. Williams

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Paradise shelducks – pūtangitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2021)

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