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Black Shag


Black shag (Phalacrocorax carbo)

 - Kawau

Black Shag
The largest shag in New Zealand waters. Found on rivers, lakes and coastal waters throughout New Zealand. Seen in the past as a competitor with fisherman for commercial fish species. Builds nests on coastal cliffs and in macrocarpara trees.

Occasionally seen around Armers Beach Lagoon (Kaikoura Peninsula) or resting on rocks around Kaikoura Peninsula. Shags feathers are designed to absorb water (unlike the feathers of many other seabirds which repel water) to make the birds negatively buoyant. Birds can be seen sitting on rocks with their wings spread out drying their feathers. Black shags are rarely seen offshore.