♥ Paradise Shelduck ~ Tadorna variegata

♥ Paradise Shelduck ~ Tadorna variegata

The Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata) is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. It is a shelduck, a group of large goose-like birds which are part of the bird family Anatidae.

The Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata) is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. It is a shelduck, a group of large goose-like birds which are part of the bird family Anatidae.

Paradise shelducks (Tadorna variegata).  Male is mostly black and is similar to Australian male in color but lacks the chestnut breast; female has head and neck of pure white and body is rich chestnut.  Nesting Area: New Zealand, but rare in the north.

Paradise shelducks (Tadorna variegata). Male is mostly black and is similar to Australian male in color but lacks the chestnut breast; female has head and neck of pure white and body is rich chestnut. Nesting Area: New Zealand, but rare in the north.

Paradise shelducks (Tadorna variegata).  Male is mostly black and is similar to Australian male in color but lacks the chestnut breast; female has head and neck of pure white and body is rich chestnut.  Nesting Area: New Zealand, but rare in the north.

Paradise shelducks (Tadorna variegata). Male is mostly black and is similar to Australian male in color but lacks the chestnut breast; female has head and neck of pure white and body is rich chestnut. Nesting Area: New Zealand, but rare in the north.

Putangitangi, the paradise shelduck I think

Putangitangi, the paradise shelduck I think

Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata). A large, striking looking goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand.  Male is mostly black and is similar to Australian male in color but lacks the chestnut breast; female has head and neck of pure white and body is rich chestnut.  Nesting Area: New Zealand, but rare in the north.   Photo: Nicki Mora.

Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata). A large, striking looking goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. Male is mostly black and is similar to Australian male in color but lacks the chestnut breast; female has head and neck of pure white and body is rich chestnut. Nesting Area: New Zealand, but rare in the north. Photo: Nicki Mora.

"Who are you looking at?" ^^ Paradise Shelduck - Queenstown

"Who are you looking at?" ^^ Paradise Shelduck - Queenstown

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