Species: Phalacrocorax aristotelis
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Population Trend: decreasing
Distribution: around the coasts of Britain, mainly in the north & west. Also other European coasts, and Scandinavian coasts.
Habitat: rocky cliff ledges, sea caves, the open sea.
Description: similar to the cormorant, but smaller & more slender, with a more delicate bill. Plumage is dark, glossy green. Short crest in breeding season. Sexes are alike.
Size: 66 - 81cm.
Food: fish, mainly sand eels.
Like its larger relative, the Cormorant, the shag is a member of the pelican family. It spends more time on the coasts and out at sea than the Cormorant, rarely venturing inland.Read More: Feeding