The Auckland Teal
) is a species of dabbling duck
of the genus Anas
that is endemic
to Auckland Islands
south of New Zealand
. The species was once found throughout the Auckland Islands but is now restricted to the islands that lack introduced predators; Adams Island
, Enderby Island
, Disappointment Island
and a few smaller islands. An old report of "the same flightless duck" on North East Island, The Snares
group (Hector, 1896) most likely refers to a straggler.
The Auckland Teal is smaller and raker than the Brown Teal
of the main islands of New Zealand, a species with which it was once considered conspecific.
is all over brown with a hint of green on the neck and a conspicuous white eyering. The female is slightly darker than the male. The wings are very small and the species has, like the related Campbell Island Teal
, lost the power of flight
The Auckland Teal is mostly crepuscular
, preferring to hide from predators (New Zealand Falcons
) during the day. The species inhabits a variety of habitats with the islands, including tussockgrass fields, megaherb shrubland and coastal waters. It is carnivrous for the most part, feeding on marine invertebrates, insects
and other small Invertebrates. The Auckland Teal are territorial and seldom form flocks.
- Hector, J. (1896). "Dr Collins' testimony of a Snares Island duck" Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 29: 614.......