Brown teal swimming, Great Barrier Island
Brown teal, or pāteke, is a small dabbling duck species endemic to New Zealand.
They were distributed throughout the lowland freshwater wetlands, forests, and historically the Chatham Islands.
Did you know the pāteke is New Zealand's rarest waterfowl species on the mainland? Learn more facts about this endangered species.
Habitat loss, the introduction of predators and a combination of other factors have all had a negative impact on pāteke populations.
The pāteke recovery plan focuses on predator control, habitat restoration, captive breeding and raising public awareness about pāteke.
You can assist us with the recovery of pāteke by reporting all sightings and helping remove or reduce threats to this endangered species.
Watch videos, read blog posts by DOC staff, and check out the latest news articles about brown teal/pāteke and DOC's work with these species.
This document will guide landowners, community groups and other parties interested in the recovery of pāteke.
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