A special release of rare pāteke ducks has been made possible after the removal of over 11,000 pests by the Pest Free Purerua - Mataroa Project during the last three years. Twenty pāteke/brown teal have been released on the Mataroa Peninsula in the Bay of Islands, boosting numbers of one of New Zealand’s rarest native ducks. The translocation … [Read more...]
Pateke Brown Teal Duck Updates
Northland Pāteke Dip Due to Drought?
Pāteke, the rarest mainland duck in New Zealand, are flourishing on Northland's east coast. However, the 2022 Flock Count shows there has been a dip in numbers. Pāteke / brown teal congregating at flock sites on Northland's east coast have been counted annually each February since 1988. Comparing the data over time has shown an overall upward … [Read more...]
Rare Pateke Flourishing on Kiwi Coast
Analysis of the 2020 Annual Pateke Flock Count data has confirmed that rare pateke are flourishing on the Kiwi Coast. Pateke (brown teal) are New Zealand's rarest mainland duck. Kiwi Coast works with community groups, specialist staff at the Department of Conservation (DOC) and NorthTec to assist with the Annual Northland Pateke Flock Counts. … [Read more...]
Counts Confirm Flourishing Pateke on Kiwi Coast
Analysis of the 2018 Annual Pateke Flock Count data has confirmed that pateke, or brown teal, are flourishing on the Kiwi Coast. The survey recorded the third highest flock count on record and birds counted at new sites showed their distribution continues to expand through eastern Northland. Each year from 2014 – 2018 the Kiwi Coast Trust has … [Read more...]
Pateke return to Taheke!
Exciting news from Taheke Landcare - a family of rare pateke ducks have been found in the area for the first time for many years. Ian Page - Coordinator of the Taheke Landcare Group near Pataua North says "This spring has seen some great results for the Taheke Land Care group. Six pateke ducklings are being raised by their parents on a small … [Read more...]
Rare pateke ducks increasing on Kiwi Coast
Kiwi Coast groups involved in the 2015 Pateke Flock Counts have helped confirm that this rare duck is on the increase along Northland's east coast, and moving into new areas. Pateke, or brown teal, are the fourth most endangered duck in the world. Once a widespread and common duck in New Zealand, their numbers have dwindled alarmingly as a result … [Read more...]
Kiwi Coast Joins Forces with Pateke Projects
The Kiwi Coast is joining forces with pateke projects along Northland's east coast! Recent discoveries of new pateke/brown teal sites near Tutukaka suggest that similar to kiwi, pateke are also expanding along Northland's east coast thanks to the hard work of community, agency and iwi-led conservation projects. Pateke (Brown Teal) are considered … [Read more...]