Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata

Paradise Shelduck male
Paradise Shelduck female
Paradise Shelduck
The Paradise Shelduck is native to New Zealand. It is one of the very few native birds/animals whose population has increased rather than declined after colonisation by humans, deforestation creating habitat.
Paradise Shelduck
Paradise Shelduck
Paradise Shelduck
The male, above left, has a black head and body. The female, above right, has a white head and brown body. They pair for life and defend their territory.