Story: Wetland birds

Whio (blue duck) feeding

Whio (blue duck) feeding

Whio’s prey include the larvae of caddisflies, stoneflies and mayflies, which are mostly attached to the downstream sides of rocks in the river. Whio scrape the larvae off with their bills.

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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