SPOTTED SHAG

SPOTTED SHAG (Phalacrocorax punctatus)

The Spotted shag is a type of cormorant endemic to New Zealand. It is about 28 inches long and its back is dark grey with the underside a lighter grey. This bird nests in colonies on cliff ledges, and is not considered as threatened. The spotted shag will dive for fish far from shore.

Spotted Shag - Kaikoura, New Zealand - © Denise Motard
Spotted Shag – Kaikoura, New Zealand – © Denise Motard
Spotted Shag on a pebble beach - Kaikoura, New Zealand - © Denise Motard
Spotted Shag on a pebble beach – Kaikoura, New Zealand – © Denise Motard
Spotted Shags in Black Billed Gulls colony - Kaikoura, New Zealand - © Denise Motard
Spotted Shags in Black Billed Gulls colony – Kaikoura, New Zealand – © Denise Motard

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