Story: Shags

Shags on a rock roost

Shags on a rock roost

A shag could be interpreted as a good or bad omen by Māori. The appearance of shags landing one by one on a rock in Lake Taupō was said to have preceded the death of the great chief Mananui Te Heu Heu Tūkino II, killed in a landslide in 1846. On this rock roost, three little black shags are perched behind a white-throated little shag.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shags - Black-footed shags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

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