Blue duck/whio, Ruapehu area
Population: Under 3000Threat status: Nationally vulnerableFound in: Clean, fast-flowing rivers in the North and South Islands Did you know: Rarer than some species of kiwi, the whio features on our $10 note. It is one of a handful of torrent duck species worldwide and only lives on fast-flowing backcountry waterways. Nesting along the riverbanks, they are at high risk of attack from stoats and rats.
Blue duck/whio is at risk from a predator plague caused by high levels of seed production ('beech mast') in 2014. Battle for our Birds protects whio and other native species from predators.
Genesis Energy is partnering with DOC to save whio/blue duck through the Whio Forever Project.
Genesis’ contribution over the next five years will ensure that all aspects of the Whio Recovery Plan 2009-2019 can be implemented. This will effectively double the level of work at recovery sites. Genesis is also providing technical expertise and staff support for the recovery and monitoring work.
Find out facts about blue duck/whio, view videos and hear its song.
Habitat loss, introduction of predators and human disturbance have all played a role in the decline ofblue duck/whio populations.
Review the blue duck recovery plan and learn about DOC's conservation management of this species.
You can help with the recovery of the blue duck/whio by reporting all sightings. Learn other ways you can get involved in efforts to save this threatened species.
To protect our native wildlife the Department of Conservation is implementing the 'Battle for our Birds' predator control programme.
Genesis Energy is partnering with DOC to extend its support for whio/blue duck recovery at a national level. View a video about the programme.
Watch videos, read blog posts by DOC staff, and check out the latest news articles about whio and DOC's work with this rare species.
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DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline:
0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)
Call to report sick or injured wildlife, and whale or dolphin strandings.