Harteman Wildfowl, presented by Jan Harteman


Update on Brazilian merganser conservation

Posted by jan VIP 

August 20st 2015 | We just received great news from Zooparque Itatiba (Brazil): This year, 8 ducklings of the Brazilian merganser have hatched. Eggs from wild birds were collected at several locations (Patrocínio and Jalapao). Currently, Zooparque Itatiba is home to 10 Brazilian mergansers. They have been collected from 5 nests in 3 locations. Two more adult birds are currently at Criadouro De Aves Poços De Caldas, which makes 12 captive birds globally known. All birds are part of the official breeding programma, under supervision of the Brazilian authorities including ICMBio and Terra Brasilis. The sex ratio of these birds is almost 50/50, which gives hope for the future of the species! 
More information has yet to come.

Thanks to Robert Kooij (general manager of the zoo) for this amazing update! 


Click here for information and photos.



Above: juvenile Brazilian mergansers. Photo © Robert Kooij/ Zooparque Itatiba



New Zealand blue ducks

Posted by jan VIP 

The New Zealand blue duck or Whio is an endemic resident breeder in New Zealand, nesting in hollow logs, small caves and other sheltered spots. It is a rare duck, holding territories on fast flowing mountain rivers. Blue ducks are listed as Endangered (IUCN, 2013) because it has a very small and severely fragmented population which is undergoing a rapid decline owing to a variety of factors, most notably the effects of introduced predators. A national survey estimated the population to number at least 1,200 mature individuals, roughly equivalent to 1,800 individuals in total. Two co-ordinated management programmes are underway to save the species.

Currently there are no blue ducks kept in any avicultural institution except for some New Zealand/ Australian. In 2015 the last bird in Europe died at the Arundel Wetland Centre (UK). Some photos were provided by Paul Rose to share at this website. You can find them here.



Australian musk duck

Posted by jan VIP 

We received some great shots of Australian musk ducks (Bizuara lobata) from Paul Rushworth from Werribee (Victoria, Australia). Musk ducks may be common wetland birds in some parts of Australia, in any other country they are a fairly unknown bird by waterfowl enthusiasts. There are no birds kept in aviculture worldwide, which makes them kind of a holy Grail to some aviculturists, especially because of their spectaculair and typical display. 

You can check out the photos here at this page.



Breeding Green pygmy geese

Posted by jan VIP 

The first captive breeding results of Green pygmy geese (Nettapus pulchellus) date 2005, when a Dutch private breeder had his first breeding results. As far as we know, no other breeder nor zoo had bred this species before. Read about this first breeding experience in this article.



Pink-eared duck in captivity

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Trevor Andersen (Australian Avifauna) shared a very interesting article with us about Pink-eared ducks in captivity. We are now able to publish it on our website. The story was written by Tom Spence, Perth Zoo director from 1967-1984. Please enjoy this old avicultural article right here.



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