New Zealand Scaup

Overall dark brown/black colours. The male has a striking yellow eye and a dark coloured head. The female is similar to the male, but without the yellow eye and has a white face patch during breeding season. A white wing bar can be seen in both sexes when in flight .

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The New Zealand Scaup is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) or Black TealDistribution Found throughout both North and South islands of New Zealand in deep freshwater lakes and ponds. Unlike other members of this genus this scaup is not migratory, although it does move to open water from high country lakes if they become frozen in winter. Life cycle They nest from October to March. More

Aspects of the topic New Zealand scaup are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in scaup (bird)) ...of the lesser scaup is glossed with purple but may have tinges of green. Females are brown with white patches around their blue bills. The diet is composed mainly of clams. The third species is the New Zealand scaup (A. novaeseelandiae). More

A New Zealand Scaup watching over her three chicks at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand. - New Zealand Scaup: Scientific Name: Aythya novaeseelandiae share to Facebook The New Zealand Scaup is a small, black diving bird also known as widgeon or black teal. They can be found around deep lakes and feed on water plants and crustaceans. More

Picture of New Zealand Scaup Chicks Auckland Zoo Photo of a New Zealand Scaup and her chicks resting on the logs at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand. * Stock Photography Image License * Create a lightbox Stock photo path: Photos: New Zealand Pictures: New Zealand Scaup Chicks Auckland Zoo ... eight eggs in her nest that is hidden under dense greenery along the water's edge. More

Native New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) female duck in the water, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast District, Wellington Region, New Zealand (NZ), stock photo. More

The New Zealand scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) is a little diving duck with glossy dark-brown plumage. Its huge webbed feet are the secret behind its diving prowess. Scaup’s legs are set back on the body and splayed, which makes them good divers but clumsy on land. They swim about underwater to depths of 3 metres, feeding on aquatic plants, freshwater snails and other invertebrates. Among the smallest New Zealand ducks, scaup are around 40 centimetres long and weigh 650 grams. More

New Zealand scaup may have colonised in New Zealand from the Northern Hemisphere. Aythya novaeseelandiae is related to the Palearic tufted duck Aythya fuligula, and the Holarctic true scaups, A. marila and A. affinis (Johnsgard 1965). Scaup are social birds, gathering in large groups on clear-water lagoons and lakes, and often nesting in close proximity to one another. It dives for small fish, and feeds on the lake floor on freshwater snails, other invertebrates and aquatic plants. More

The New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) is a diving duck species of the genus Aythya. More

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Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Genus : Aythya
Species : novaeseelandiae
Authority : (Gmelin, 1789)