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The Manganui o te Ao River along with other smaller mountain rivers hold high numbers of whio.
The Northern Fiordland Whio 'Security Site' located in Fiordland National Park is one of eight sites identified as a priority for whio management in the national whio recovery plan.
Tongariro Forest is one of eight security sites for whio, and has the highest numbers of pairs protected and the highest density of birds than anywhere else in the country.
Contact the Blue Duck Recovery Group leader Andrew Glaser at:
Our predator control programme protects native wildlife and forests on public conservation land.
Learn about our iconic blue duck/whio, that's only found in New Zealand and faces a risk of becoming extinct.
The plan focuses on retention of viable wild whio populations. Active management is needed to ensure the species’ long-term survival.