Also known as Antarctic Cormorant

Latin name: Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis

Antarctic Shag (Photo © Jerzy Strzelecki)

Antarctic Shag (Photo © Jerzy Strzelecki)

Population: 12.000 breeding pairs.

Cites classified: not listed

Where found: The Antarctic Shag are found on the Antarctic Peninsula year-round, except during short foraging flights to open water.

Wingspan: 124 cm

Length: 77 cm

Weight: 2.5-3 kg

Mating/Breeding: The Antarctic Shag breeds on cliff tops and rocky outcrops, building truncated cone-shaped nest or flattened mound of seaweed, moss, lichen, grass, guano and mud. The Antarctic Shag lays 2-3 eggs in October/November, incubated by both parents. The chicks fledge at 40 to 45 days.

Eggs: 2-3 pale greenish-white eggs.

Hunting Habits: The Antarctic Shag catches its food by pursuit-diving.

Feed on: Fish and invertebrates (principally crustaceans).

Threats: Not globally threatened.

Colour/Looks: Antarctic shags are a little larger than Imperial shags, although similar in appearance.

More info:

  • Hadoram Shirihai, A complete guide to Antarctic wildlife (2002)
  • David McGonigal & Lynn Woodworth, Antarctica and the Arctic. The complete encyclopedia (2001)