As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

RARE BIRD NEWS: Rare Pateke at Wellington Zoo

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 - 11:15

Wellington Zoo recently welcomed three juvenile Brown Teal (Pāteke) to The Nest Te Kōhanga for a health screening.

Pāteke are a small duck species endemic to New Zealand. Once widespread throughout the country, they are now our rarest waterfowl species on the mainland.
"There are fewer than 2500 Pāteke left, which makes our work with them a very special opportunity," explained Wellington Zoo Veterinarian Baukje Lenting.

"On physical examination all the birds were a good weight and looked healthy. We’re now waiting for the faecal sample results to come back, so we can then determine the next course of action," added breeder Craig Shepherd.

The three Pāteke are in quarantine on Craig’s private property in Wellington, and once given a clean bill of health will make the journey down south to Peacock Springs Wildlife Park - part of the Department of Conservation’s breed for restoration plan for the birds. The Pāteke will eventually be restored to various release sites in the South Island.


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