New Zealand Scaup/ Black Teal Aythya novaeseelandiae

New Zealand Scaup
New Zealand Scaup - Black Teal
Black Teal
Drake (male) New Zealand Scaup, also known as Black Teal, above with yellow eye and greenish-black head. Duck (female) below, has white face patch in breeding plumage. The commonest of all New Zealand ducks but, like most other ducks in the country, numbers have declined considerably through hunting and habitat loss.
New Zealand Scaup The female loses her white face patch after the breeding season, one of the few female ducks to change to breeding/non-breeding plumage
New Zealand Scaup - Black Teal Has pale blue line on bill and black tip
New Zealand Scaup Face patch almost gone
New Zealand Scaup No white face patch
Black Teal
New Zealand Scaup
Bald as a Coot "Bald as a coot", says the young moorhen,
giving the thumbs down to its new friend
New Zealand Scaup