Story: Wetland birds

Brown teal – pāteke

Brown teal – pāteke

These adult and young brown teal (pāteke) were photographed swimming along a Northland stream. An endangered species, the little brown birds are easily distinguished by their white eye rings. Following successful releases in Northland, pāteke are now becoming established there but face new hazards, including traffic and straying dogs.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Teal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

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