HabitatShags are found around waterways and the coast. While not as common as seagulls it usually doesn't take long to find one sitting on the rocks or in trees drying out wet feathers.
IdentificationNZ has four species of Shag or Cormorant and they are reasonably common throughout NZ. They are a large thin bird with a characteristic "shaggy" look. They tend to be black and white
LinksWikipedia, NZBirds.com, TeAra Encyclopedia, Vic Uni Electronic Text Centre
SummaryShags are found throughout the world although the most common sub-species in NZ is the black shag found in Australia and Papua New Guinea. They are renowned for taking fish off the surface of the water but unfortunately also take lures being trolled by fishermen.
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