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New Zealand Scaup

New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) [Also known as a Black teal], Scaup is the smallest New Zealand duck, 40cm long and weighing 650g,is a diving duck species of the genus Aythya. It is endemic to New Zealand. In Maori commonly known as papango. Overall dark brown/black colours. The male has a striking orange yellow eye and a dark coloured (greenish) 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. Nests are made from grasses, and lined with down. A clutch of five to eight eggs are laid sometime during the summer from October to January.

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Taken on April 14, 2012