A Blue Duck in New Zealand
Blue Ducks may die out in the UK because the two remaining males in the country are more interested in one another than in breeding.
The Telegraph has reported that a bird sanctuary’s attempt to breed the ducks failed when drakes Ben and Jerry refused to breed with the female Cherry.
They are thought to be the last three such ducks in the UK, although the species continues to exist in New Zealand from where it originates.
Although Cherry showed interest in Jerry and displayed typical mating behaviour at the Arundel Wetland Centre in West Sussex, the drake remained uninterested.
Warden Paul Stevens told the newspaper: “To our surprise the two males really took to each other and it was obvious that they really liked each other.
“It would have been nice to get a last clutch of eggs from Cherry but Ben and Jerry do make a lovely couple,” he said.
The Blue Duck is a rare member of the duck family, under increasing pressure from environmental changes, which lives on fast flowing mountain rivers in New Zealand.