- 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, once you pay attention to them, you'll come to notice their beautiful plumage and fascinating behaviour. 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.
The endemic duck that needs our help. Despite only being found in New Zealand, over 30% of the paradise shelduck's population is killed each year by duck hunters, and nothing is done still. Partly because of the paradise shelduck's amazing parenting skills, and partly because of the destruction of wetlands. Anyways, the paradise shelduck has variable and distinctive feathers and calls, and is common so you can find it easily throughout New Zealand, appreciate it and vote for it for Bird of the Year 2022 after an above average and extremely overdone 2021 campaign. #VoteForParadise
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