Story: Natural environment

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Endangered birds

The blue duck (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) is named for its gunmetal-blue plumage. The Māori name whio refers to its call, an odd repeated whistle: ‘whio-whio-whio’. The duck is unusual in that it feeds on invertebrates, diving down to scrape them off boulders, using its specially adapted beak.

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Carl Walrond, 'Natural environment - Fauna', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

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