Alternative Names: Little Shag (New Zealand)
- Microcarbo melanoleucos
55–65 cm (21¾-26 in)
- Black upperparts
- White underparts
- Short yellow bill
- Long tail
- Black feet
Juvenile has all black plumage
Formerly placed in genus Phalacrocorax.
There are 3 subspecies:
- M. m. melanoleucos:
- M. m. brevicauda:
- Rennel Island (Solomon Islands)
- M. m. brevirostris:
- New Zealand, Stewart and Campbell islands
Lakes, rivers, swamps etc. They prefer fresh water, but are often seen on the coast too.
Diet consists of aquatic animals, from insects to fish including freshwater crayfish, shrimps and prawns.
The nest is a flat platform of sticks, lined with green leaves and is usually placed in a tree. Both adults share in egg incubation and care of the 3-4 young.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Little Pied Cormorant. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Little_Pied_Cormorant