Worldwide Species Action Plans
The pateke/brown teal (Anas chlorotis) was formerly widespread and commonin lowland habitats throughout New Zealand. However, it is now nationallyendangered. Remnant populations occur primarily in eastern Northland and onGreat Barrier Island (Aotea Island). Other populations occur on CoromandelPeninsula and on several islands and managed mainland sites. Introducedmammalian predators have been identified as the current main agents of decline.At the time of writing, predator control on Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island)and in Northland, which has been in place since 2000, appears to have arrestedthe overall decline in parts of their remnant range. Meanwhile, captive-bred birdshave been released on Coromandel Peninsula, with the objective of establishingand securing a third large population. The current recovery plan covers theperiod 2005-2010 and sets in place the actions required to move into the nextphase of recovery management for pateke. In this respect, the plan spans atransitional phase, which aims to consolidate the security of the species andset the platform for the broader recovery of the species. It identifies many tasksspanning management, community partnerships and focused research, whichare required to effectively recover the species.