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Australian Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)

Order: Suliformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Genus: Phalacrocorax
Species: varius

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On Mar 17, 2017, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The pied shag (also known as Yellow-faced cormorant) - Phalacrocorax varius - is a large predominantly black and white shag which primarily inhabits inshore coastal waters and estuaries.Two subspecies are recognised; Phalacrocorax varius varius found in New Zealand, and Phalacrocorax varius hyploleucus found in Australia. Colonies are located pretty much all around New Zealand - the East Cape, Bay of Plenty, Coromandel, Auckland, Northland, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Fiordland, Southland and Stewart Island. They eat a variety of fish, mainly yellow-bellied flounder and yellow-eyed mullet, carp and eel, shrimp and spiny crayfish. In New Zealand they roost and nest in trees, and build their nests of sticks, twigs, plants and debris. They breed at any time of the year, layin... read more

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