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.
The Pateke team consists of the Pateke pouters or Duckface on social media. We support the 4th most endangered wading Duck in the world, the little Brown Teal. As campaign manager I live in Teal Bay, Northland and while teal is not brown and brown is not teal, these little critters are hard to spot when parking on the water or nesting in their swamps which are being mercilessly drained. Pateke are a good flagship for wetland preservation/restoration. The cool thing about Pateke is that they are generalists and can live in a variety of habitats, if only they weren’t so vulnerable to predators.