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Black Headed Duck

New Zealand Brown Teal (Anas aucklandica).Black Headed Duck (Heteronetta atricapilla).

We have 1 pair (unrelated) in the main garden

These are very shy and secretive ducks. They walk with their body held horizontal. These birds are unique amongst waterfowl. They construct no nests whatsoever. The black headed ducks are commonly known as Cuckoo Ducks. Their parasitic nesting habbit is not detrimental to other species. Two eggs are usually laid in each host nest.

 

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