South Georgia shag

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South Georgia shag
South Georgia Shag, Cooper Bay, South Georgia.jpg
At Cooper Bay, South Georgia
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Suliformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Genus: Leucocarbo
Species: L. georgianus
Binomial name
Leucocarbo georgianus
Lönnberg, 1906
Synonyms
  • Phalacrocorax georgianus
    Phalacrocorax atriceps georgianus

The South Georgia shag (Leucocarbo georgianus), also known as the South Georgia cormorant, is a marine cormorant native to South Georgia and a few other subantarctic islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Taxonomy and distribution[edit]

The South Georgia shag is one of the blue-eyed shags, sometimes placed in the genera Leucocarbo, and a subspecies of the imperial shag. Others place it in the genus Phalacrocorax. It is now usually treated as a full species. It is also sometimes considered to be restricted to South Georgia and Shag Rocks, with populations in the South Sandwich Islands and South Orkney Islands referred to the Antarctic shag (P. bransfieldensis).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Georgia Shag (Phalacrocorax georgianus)". Internet Bird Collection (HBW 1, p. 350). Lynx Editions. Retrieved 2012-10-11.