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Alternative name: Auckland Islands Shag
Length: 63 cm (24Â¾ in)
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These are the only shags on the Auckland Islands. Very similar to the Campbell Island Shag, the Auckland Island Shag has a variable neck pattern with the black sometimes meeting across the foreneck, sometimes mottled and sometimes completely separated by white.
Restricted to the Auckland Islands and surrounding waters, New Zealand, with colonies present on Auckland, Enderby, Rose, Ewing and Adams Islands.
This is a monotypic species.
This taxon is considered a subspecies of New Zealand King Shag (sensu lato) and is lumped with the Campbell Island Shagand Bounty Islands Shag by by some authors
Open sea and sheltered coastal waters. Breeds and roosts on rocky cliffs.
They nests in colonies on ledges, the tops of sea cliffs, in hollows, and also sometimes on flat ground among grass tussock or in the shelter of overhanging rocks, bushes or trees. Females usually lay a clutch of three eggs between November and February, followed by an incubation period of around 28 to 32 days. However, a brood of only two chicks is normally successfully raised.
The diet includes small fish and marine invertebrates.
Male advertises with rough barking borr or orr-orrgh and threatens with erh-erh-erh. Also male makes ticking sounds, while the female gives a soft purr.
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