Chatham Islands Shag

Its natural habitats are open seas and rocky shores. It is threatened by habitat loss, and considered critically endangered by the IUCN.

The Chatham Islands Shag is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Chatham Islands Shag colony before arriving at The Horns where the sea had a gentle swell. As the light started to fade the breeding seabirds started to appear. We recorded Sooty and Short-tailed Shearwaters, Northern and Southern Giant Petrels, White-fronted Tern, Fairy and Broad-billed Prions, a single Cook’s and Cape Petrels, Buller’s Albatross and White-faced Storm Petrels. The journey back to base was affected by driving rain and an increasingly heavy sea. Good to be back on dry land after another excellent pelagic. More

Order : Pelecaniformes
Family : Phalacrocoracidae
Genus : Phalacrocorax
Species : onslowi
Authority : Forbes, 1893