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Imperial Shag

(Phalacrocorax atriceps)
Alternate name(s): "Imperial Cormorant", "Macquarie Shag", "Blue-eyed Shag", "Blue-eyed Cormorant"
Size: 72-76 cm; wing span ca. 1.1 m
Weight: 2.5-3.5 kg


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Macquarie Shag at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "purpurascens"

This race is also called "Macquarie Shag".


Sex unknown


Portrait of a Macquarie Shag in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]

Lateral view of two Macquarie Shags in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Sep - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: ca. 28 days Fledging age: ca. 35 days


"bungobittah", "lar", "malunna", "jindi" [bundjalung] = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Bowl Material: Mud, guano, plants Height above ground: N/A

Colony of nesting Macquarie Shags (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean, December 1993]


"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "mirk", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena", "pum-pum" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: ? Colour: Pale blue Shape: ?

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