Blue Ducks (Whio)

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    The Whio (common name: Blue Duck; Scientific name: Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) are endemic to New Zealand and is the only species in its genus. There are only about 2,500 whio left in the wild, which puts its population lower than the kiwi and its status as one of the most endangered birds in the world. They are specifically adapted to survive in fast-flowing rivers with high quality water and are perfectly camouflaged to the river environment. Currently Genesis Energy is funding the off-site mitigation of whio and is its “sponsor.” The lack of fossil evidence of whio in New Zealand puts the arrival of the whio at an unknown date. Whio can be found on both the north and south island anywhere with a fast flowing river with high quality water with some form of predator control around their living area. Further reading: www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/science-and-technical/TS...

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