Whio ducklings spotted in Abel Tasman

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The first two whio ducklings born in the wild since their reintroduction to Abel Tasman National Park have been spotted.

Four captive-bred whio (blue ducks) were released into in Wainui Stream in Abel Tasman in 2018.

One of those birds, a banded female, is one of the parents of the new ducklings.

A total of 15 whio have been released into the national park. The Department of Conservation will be releasing more birds later this year.

According to the Department of Conservation, under 3000 whio exist in New Zealand, making them a threatened species.

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