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Nga Manu Nature Reserve Nga Manu 2020

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Cassidy Casuar, 3 Jan 2020.

  1. Cassidy Casuar

    Cassidy Casuar Well-Known Member

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    I briefly visited Nga Manu today. Here are some things that I learned about the facility today that I feel are noteworthy.

    -Most importantly, they no longer have Polynesian Rats.
    -Their remaining Mute Swan was given to a private owner in Levin about two years ago, because of its aggressive behaviour.
    -The mixed waterfowl aviary is now used to house only their breeding pair of Blue Ducks. This pair had four ducklings recently (I think that they were about a month old), which are being held in a separate enclosure. Once these ducklings get eight weeks older, they will be transferred to Turangi, and they will eventually be released into the wild from there.
    -The White-faced Heron that was in the New Zealand Pigeon aviary died several years ago. It was apparently old.
    -The Little Owls were transferred to Wingspan, as it was feared that their enclosure at Nga Manu was too small for them.
    -Three Australasian Swamphen/Pukeko chicks are being held in an aviary next to the Red-crowned Parakeet aviary until they get older.
     
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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    They no longer have Kiore at all, or just not on show?

    Do they still have Western Weka signed?
     
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  3. Cassidy Casuar

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    Not at all. I specifically asked two staff members (the manager and an employee who has been working there for over twenty years) whether or not they still have Kiore. I think that those staff members said that the Kiore's prolific breeding meant that continuing to keep them would have been too difficult.
    I think that there was a sign in the Kea and Weka aviary that had the unhelpful name of, 'South Island Weka', on it. I was in a hurry, and so I did not check what the accompanying scientific name was (assuming there was one).
     
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    I visited Nga Manu again today. Here are a few more details about the sanctuary.

    -They currently have two female Yellow-crowned Parakeets/Kakariki off-display. In the future, the staff hope to phase out the Red-crowned Parakeets and to start breeding Yellow-crowned Parakeets. They also have at least two Red-crowned Parakeets off-display, in addition to the ones that are on-display.
    -There is indeed a sign in the Kea and Weka aviary which says that their lone Weka is from the South Island. The subspecies name is not included. I was not able to get any good photos of the Weka.
    -I did not mention this before, but there is no longer a barrier between the Red-crowned Parakeet and North Island Kaka aviaries. I was not sure whether or not there were any Kakas present the last time, but today I saw that there is indeed one Kaka living with the Parakeets.
    -All four of the Blue Duck ducklings are still alive. Today I noticed that the sign on the ducklings' aviary says that the ducklings hatched on the 7th of December, 2019.
    -Today the staff banded and released two rescued juvenile Tuis. One of them was rescued after a dog ripped off the skin on the front of its neck.
    -They still have all three of the young Pukekos in the same aviary (inside the Kaka and Parakeet aviary). One of them is quite big now, but it has a large naked patch on one of its wings, so presumably it is recovering from a serious external injury.

    I will upload some relevant photos to the gallery.
     
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    Cassidy Casuar Well-Known Member

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    A few updates/corrections:

    The aviary that I thought only housed New Zealand Pigeons is actually significantly larger than I had thought, and it houses Nga Manu's pair of Brown Teal. The Brown Teal are now the sole inhabitants of this aviary, and because their pond is in the back of the aviary (behind a chain-link fence and some tall grass), they will probably be very difficult to see if the layout of the aviary doesn't change.
    Nga Manu currently has three New Zealand Pigeons on display. One of them is in the Kaka and Parakeet aviary, and it is a permanent resident because it is blind in one eye. The other two are in the Blue Duck aviary, but I am unsure of whether or not they will eventually be released.

    The Kaka and Parakeet aviary actually has two Kakas, and the Kea and Weka aviary currently has three Keas. One of the Keas (a female) was kept off-display until recently because she was being extremely aggressive towards the male and the other female; this particular Kea exhibits this behaviour for two months of each year.

    All three of the young Pukekos are apparently gone now; I don't know whether they died or were released.

    The 'story' behind the Western Weka is that it was caught as a chick somewhere in the northern South Island by people who were holidaying there, and those people then took it with them when they returned to the North Island and they reared it to adulthood here. The weka's owners eventually found out that owning a weka as a pet is illegal, so they decided to give it to Nga Manu. The Department of Conservation got involved, and they wanted to transport the weka back to the South Island, but that obviously never happened. So, the weka became a permanent resident of Nga Manu.

    Here's a messy list of the captive birds that are currently on display at Nga Manu:

    -North Island Brown Kiwi: 1.1
    -Western Weka: 1
    -New Zealand Scaup: 3.1
    -Brown Teal: 1.1
    -Blue Duck: 1.1 (+ The four ducklings are probably still there but I didn't see them in their aviary today).
    -Morepork: 1 (I think that I heard that it isn't kept in the kiwi enclosure any longer, and that it can only be seen somewhere else during night tours).
    -New Zealand Pigeon: 3
    -Kea: 1.2
    -North Island Kaka: 2
    -Red-crowned Parakeet: At least 4
    -Tui: 1
     
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