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New Zealand King Shag or Rough-faced Shag (Leucocarbo carnunculatus, Phalacrocoracidae: Cormorants and Shags) NZ

One of the world'd rarest Cormorants, the New Zealand King Shag is endemic to New Zealand and restricted to the Marlborough sounds of the South Island. The entire world population is about 650 birds and is said to be stable. Here we see some at a roost in the outer part of Queen Charlotte Sound, accessed by boat from Picton. It shares this habitat with the more widespread Spotted Shag, another New Zealand endemic Cormorant as seen here, and at

Seen on a boat trip run by E-Ko tours of Picton

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