PūtangitangiParadise shelduck

Conservation status
Doing OK

With females having stunning white heads, and males looking pure black but really being a lovely bronze shade, Paradise Shelducks are sadly often overlooked because of their abundance in rural areas. Despite this, I think that once you pay attention to them, I'm sure you'll come to notice their beautiful plumage and fascinating behaviour. If you don't believe me, just go for a walk or a drive through the countryside, and there's a decent chance that you'll come back excited to vote for New Zealand's largest duck.

Campaign Manager

Christian Cosgrove

The interesting Paradise Shelduck, despite having outstanding plumage, and smart and interesting behaviour, it is quite underrated and passed off as a "weird duck", when that couldn't be further from the truth.

In reality, the zeeking females with their beautiful combination of white and chestnut, and the zonking males with their surprisingly handsome black feathers are very enjoyable to watch. This amazing shelduck, New Zealand's largest native waterfowl, deserves much better than being hunted. #ParadiseShelduckBOTY2021

Paradise shellduck floating in a pond