Campbell Island teal, male with two females Codfish Island
Subantarctic teal include the Auckland Island teal, and the distinctly different Campbell Island species, which is one of the world's rarest ducks.
Few people have ever seen these small, dark brown ducks in the wild. They are mainly nocturnal, and are very secretive. Although they are flightless they make very good speed by running rapidly across the ground at the first sign of danger.
Each of the two species has a different conservation status. In 1992 the Campbell Island teal was listed as critically endangered, and the Auckland Island teal was listed as endangered.
The outlook for the Campbell Island species in particular looked very bleak, so a Department of Conservation Recovery Plan was actioned. This plan contains different priorities for each species.
Thankfully there has been some fantastic progress made with captive breeding programmes during the past few years, and the population has increased to a healthier level.
Did you know that subantarctic teals are flightless?
Predation by accidentally introduced mammals and disease are two of the greatest threats to the subantarctic teals.
DOC's long-term goal for subantarctic teal includes re-establishing both the Campbell Island teal and Auckland Island teal in their former ranges.
Learn ways that you can be involved in conservation efforts to protect the subantarctic teals.
Listen to or download a recording of Auckland Island teal song.
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