Scientific name: Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Nature Stars: 50
About: A large, dark waterbird, a little bit smaller than the cormorant. Feeds on fish, which it catches with its long, hook-tipped bill while swimming underwater. Nests on low cliffs around the coasts. Sometimes stands with its wings held out to dry.
How to identify: Smaller than Cormorant, with dark green plumage, a crest and a narrower bill with a yellow gape.
Where: Found on rocky shores all around our coasts.
Fantastic fact: Shags can dive down to 45metres deep to catch fish from near the bottom of the sea.
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