New Zealand Scaup

Maori Names: papango, matapouri, titiporangi, tauchente & raipo

Scientific Name: Aythya novaeseelandiae

Also commonly known as the Black Teal, the New Zealand Scaup is an endemic diving duck in New Zealand.

Unlike other species in this genus, the New Zealand Scaup doesn't migrate beyond moving off high country lakes to low country lakes if the high country lakes freeze solid in the winter.

Diving is so deeply a part of this Scaup's nature, that chicks will begin to dive for food on their first outing out of the nest.

New Zealand Scaup