Story: Shags

Auckland Island shags

Auckland Island shags

In the breeding season the Auckland Island shag has a long crest curling up from the forehead. In this photograph, one is gathering nesting material – they use tussock, twigs, seaweed, peat and mud. These birds have a pink eye ring and red throat pouch, and lack caruncles.

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Photograph by C. A. Fleming

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shags - Pink-footed shags', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

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