Saturday, 17 February 2018


The Australian pied cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the pied cormorant, pied shag, or great pied cormorant, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia. In New Zealand it is usually known either as the pied shag or by its Māori name of Kāruhiruhi. Older sources may refer to it as the "yellow-faced cormorant".

In New Zealand its range on the east coast extends as far south as Christchurch, though this is a recent extension—older books report it no further south than Kaikoura. In Australia it is only moderately common in the eastern states, but abundant in the west.

Although typically found in marine habitat—sometimes solitary, sometimes in pairs, sometimes in vast flocks of hundreds or thousands—it is also attracted to inland waters, including lakes, deep and open swamps, and rivers. The pied cormorant appears to feed largely on benthic fish. It will dive both in shallow, still water and in rapidly moving currents. Typical dive times are around 40 seconds, with a recovery period of 10–15 seconds between dives.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme.


  1. Hello, I have always loved this Pied Cormorant. It is prettier than the Cormorants I see here. Great collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks so much for your comment and visit. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. Nice that white in front .our cormorants are total black.

  3. Beautiful bird! Great photos!

  4. Wonderful photos with some great info!


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