Story: Wetland birds

Whio in turbulent water

Whio in turbulent water

A whio (blue duck) pair launch their ducklings in a turbulent stretch of water. Young whio hatch with unusually large feet and strong legs, so they cope surprisingly well in swift-flowing torrents.

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Photograph by Rod Morris

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Whio – blue ducks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

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