The brown teal/pāteke is a small dabbling duck endemic to New Zealand. They are the rarest waterfowl on the mainland.
Our rarest waterfowl…
The species has suffered an ongoing decline in numbers and range since the late nineteenth century. There are currently estimated to be between 2,000 and 2,500 pāteke living in a wild state in New Zealand, making it New Zealand’s rarest waterfowl species on the mainland.
The pāteke were once widespread throughout New Zealand. They are now rare and restricted to Great Barrier Island, coastal valleys of eastern Northland, and several other locations around New Zealand where new populations have been established using translocated birds.
New Zealand status: Endemic
Conservation status: At Risk–Recovering
Found in: Mainly Great Barrier Island, Northland, Coromandel
Threats: Predation, habitat disturbance, hunting
Species information: Brown teal on NZ Birds Online
Source: Department of Conservation and licensed by greatbarrierisland.nz for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/