Putangitangi (Tadorna variegata)
A large goose like duck, found only in NZ. Paradise Ducks are usually seen in pairs. They breed regularly in the park and can have up to ten ducklings.
The females are more conspicuous than the males, males have a black head with a greenish gloss and dark grey body. Females have a white head and chestnut body.
At Cornwall Park you will often find them in the Chestnut paddock, by the Ha Ha wall or in the spud paddock. The Paradise Ducks have benefited from human modification - as they spend most of their time in pasture and grasslands.
Paradise Shelducks feed on grass, grass seeds, clover and weed seeds.
Males have a deep 'zonk zonk' call, while the female has a high pitched 'zeet zeet' call.