Blue duck standing on one leg with wing outstretched
The blue duck (or whio; Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) is a unique threatened species of waterfowl endemic to New Zealand. It is the only member of its genus and has no close relative anywhere in the world.
The blue duck is believed to have appeared at a very early stage in evolutionary history and the species’ isolation in New Zealand has resulted in it acquiring a number of unique anatomical and behavioural features.
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 of the whio/blue duck 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 whio/blue duck by reporting all sightings. Learn other ways you can get involved in efforts to save this threatened species.
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.
This is a series of posters which contain a heap of fun facts about whio under the title 'We're not quackers'.
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