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Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata

Described by: Gmelin (1789)
Alternate common name(s): Paradise Duck, New Zealand Shelduck
Old scientific name(s): Casarca variegata


Lake Moeraki, Westland, South Island, New Zealand - Apr 22, 2001 © William Hull  Stewart Island, New Zealand - Nov 30, 2004 © Kanae Hirabayashi  Lake Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand - Dec 1, 2004 © Kanae Hirabayashi  New Zealand - 2003 © Colin Clark  New Zealand - Feb, 2005 © Patrick Ingremeau 
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New Zealand;
S. and e. North Island s. of a line from Mokau to East Cape including the Volcanic Plateau, Gisborne, Hawke Bay in Taihape District, ne. Taranake and Tongariro National Park. On South Island, most frequently occurs e. from Marlborough to Southland. Also occurs on Stewart, Great Barrier, Little Barrier, Kapiti and D'Urville Is.
Moulting birds gather on the lakes and estuaries of s. Westland, South Island.
During the s. winter, birds gather on the Bay of Plenty, Firth of Thames and sometimes Manukau.
Formerly occurred on Chatham Is.? and Lord Howe Is.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Kiwi Wildlife Tours


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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