Little Shag

Microcarbo melanoleucos brevirostris

Description 3

Adults: They are variable from black with a white face and throat, to white throat and all the way down to the tail. In between variations include a mottled chest and belly. Black legs and feet, a brown eye and their face is yellowish, and a notably short yellow beak. When in breeding condition they develop a small crest on the head.
Juveniles: Initially are all black or have a white chest. As they develop the throat turns white.
Overall they look more compact than other similar species but with a disproportionally longer tail and short yellow beak.

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  1. (c) Tony Wills, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), uploaded by Tony Wills
  2. (c) Tony Wills, all rights reserved, uploaded by Tony Wills
  3. (c) Tony Wills, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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iNaturalist NZ Map

Beak yellow
Feet black