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Female Paradise Shelduck

The Paradise Shelduck is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. Both the male and female have striking plumage, the male has a black head and barred black body, the female a white head with a chestnut body.

Paradise Shelducks form long-term pair bonds, often lasting for life. They have a long breeding season, lasting from August through December building nests lined with grass and feathers hidden in high grass, inside hollow trees, or beneath rotting logs with an average size of around nine eggs.

 

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Taken on April 21, 2012