Story: Shags

Black shags with chicks

Black shags with chicks

Some shag species build nests on rocky ground or cliff ledges; black shags more often nest in trees or bushes. The colonies are mostly small, with up to 20 nests, and are usually close to water. Both parents feed the chicks. This species is found around New Zealand from sea level to the subalpine zone, and feeds both in lakes and rivers and in sheltered saltwater environments, usually diving for food in water less than 3 metres deep.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shags - Black-footed shags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 11 Jul 2016