PātekeBrown Teal

Conservation status
In some trouble

This little brown duck has gone from being "nationally endangered" to "recovering". Their population has jumped from just 700 birds in the wild to more than 2500! Pāteke can be tenacious and aggressive, and they have the attitude of a bird much larger. They're nocturnal, extremely territorial, and one of the few waterfowl species where both parents are involved in rearing their young.

Photo: © vil.sandi