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Written by Lindy Laird, The Northern Advocate   
Friday, 20 May 2011

A BOX OF FLUFFY DUCKS: Children from Ngunguru School watch as Jane Camm (front), releases 64 brown teal ducks, or pateke, on to her Tutukaka property yesterday.

Forget their cute paddling, dabbling ducky ways ... brown teal are unusual, stroppy little birds.

Brave, hardy, territorial, aggressive and no bigger than a seagull, they'll take on something as big as a swan and fly like a bullet at a mallard on the wing.

But despite their feisty attitude to other avian creatures, they're sitting ducks when it comes to their greatest enemy - stoats. That mammalian danger, other mustelids, feral cats and rats join loss of habitat as reasons why brown teal had reached alarmingly endangered numbers by the 1980s.

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