Story: Shags

Little shag nesting

Little shag nesting

The little shag has variable plumage; this is the white-throated form or morph. There are also pied-morph and intermediate-morph birds. Little shags nest in colonies near water, sometimes with other species of shag, or other water birds such as herons and spoonbills. They feed in both fresh water and salt water.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shags - Black-footed shags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

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