February 15, 2017 – Auckland Shag or Auckland Islands Shag (Phalacrocorax colensoi)

These cormorants are found on the Auckland Islands and surrounding shallow waters. They gather food primarily from the sea-bed, including small fish, squid, snails, and sea urchins. Monogamous pairs nest on the tops of large cliffs, often surrounded by vegetation to protect from predatory skuas. Nests are sometimes abandoned if the surrounding vegetation dies. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to their small breeding range, though their population appears stable.


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