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Antarctic Shag

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Photo © by Rodrigo TapiaArdley Peninsula, King George Island, South Shetland Archipelago, Antarctica, January 1992
Photo © by Rodrigo Tapia
Ardley Peninsula, King George Island, South Shetland Archipelago, Antarctica, January 1992
Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis


[edit] Identification

68–76 cm (26¾-30 in)

  • Glossy black head, nape and upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Orange nasal crest
  • Blue skin surrounds eye
  • Dark iris
  • Pinkish legs and feet

[edit] Similar species

Whiter and larger than its northerly cousin, the South Georgia Shag; range should not overlap between these two.

[edit] Distribution

Photo © by VakisAntarctic peninsula, December 2018
Photo © by Vakis
Antarctic peninsula, December 2018

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Imperial Shag by some authors[2]

[edit] Habitat

The feed around coasts.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists almost entirely of fish using the pursuit diving method. They forage alone or in small groups.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)

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