This adult Chatham Island shag is about to feed one of its chicks by regurgitation. A second chick waits expectantly. During breeding this shag has distinctive orange caruncles in front of the eye and a red throat pouch. Because of its elegance and attractive, metallic sheen, ornithologist Sir Walter Buller wanted to name this species the imperial shag.
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Department of Conservation
Photograph by Rod Morris
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