Chatham shag

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Chatham shag
Leucocarbo onslowi (AM LB4254-2).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Suliformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Genus: Leucocarbo
L. onslowi
Binomial name
Leucocarbo onslowi
Forbes, 1893

Phalacrocorax onslowi

Chatham shag looking to the right and perched on one leg on a coastal rocky outcrop in the Chatham Islands
Chatham shag (Leucocarbo onslowi) perched on a rocky outcrop

The Chatham shag (Leucocarbo onslowi), also known as the Chatham Island shag, is a species of bird in the family Phalacrocoracidae. It is endemic to the Chatham Islands.

Some taxonomic authorities, including the International Ornithologists' Union, place this species in the genus Leucocarbo. Others place it in the genus Phalacrocorax.

Its natural habitats are open seas and rocky shores. It is threatened by habitat loss, and considered critically endangered by the IUCN.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Phalacrocorax onslowi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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