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Antarctic Shag - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Rodrigo Tapia
Ardley Peninsula, King George Island, South Shetland Archipelago, Antarctica, January 1992
Leucocarbo bransfieldensis

Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis


68–76 cm (26¾-30 in)

  • Glossy black head, nape and upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Orange nasal crest
  • Blue skin surrounds eye
  • Dark iris
  • Pinkish legs and feet

Similar species

Whiter and larger than its northerly cousin, the South Georgia Shag; range should not overlap between these two.


Photo © by Vakis
Antarctic peninsula, December 2018

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.


This is a monotypic species[1].

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Imperial Shag by some authors[2]


The feed around coasts.



Their diet consists almost entirely of fish using the pursuit diving method. They forage alone or in small groups.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)

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