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.
Ian is the Auckland Regional Representative for Birds New Zealand and has always been interested in the beauty and diversity of birds. The Grey Duck (pārera), 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!