Blue duck/whio, Ruapehu area. Photo: Herb Christophers. DOC USE ONLY.

Blue duck/whio, Ruapehu area

Population: Under 3000
Threat status:
Nationally vulnerable
Found 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.

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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.


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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.