Pateke arrive at Pukaha Mount Bruce

Two breeding pair of Pateke (brown teal) have arrived at Pukaha Mount Bruce as an addition to the captive breeding programmes currently on site.

The four birds arrived at Pukaha last Friday and have already settled well into their new surroundings – so well that both females have already laid eggs

There are about 2,500 Pateke left in the wild and have a threat status as ‘recovering’ due to captive breeding successes.

These are pretty shy birds and we will keep these two pair away from public viewing at present so that they can concentrate on breeding and raising their young. However we are very hopeful that the offspring of these two pair will be in the new walk through aviary in the new year.