PāreraGrey duck

Conservation status
In serious trouble

New Zealand sign language for grey duck pārera

The grey duck has striking facial strips, a leaden grey bill & a green patch of colour (speculum) on its secondary flight feathers. These features separate this handsome native from the blue tinted speculum of the introduced mallard hens & scruffy hybrids.

Campaign Manager

Ian McLean

Ian is the Auckland Regional Representative for Birds New Zealand and has always been interested in the beauty and diversity of birds. The Parera grey duck is a good looking native that is being out competed by the aggressive introduced mallard. Grey duck now have a threat category of Nationally Critical, but amazingly they can still be hunted as a game bird! 

Ian McLean standing on a cliff edge with binoculars in the Isle of May
Grey Duck swimming in water

Credit - Neil Fitzgerald