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Shag (Mediterranean subspecies)
Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii

Map of the common names

Sub-species endemic of the Mediterranean (L 80 cm), greenish-black plumage, has a curved crown-tuft in breeding season. The species breeds on cliffs, islands and islet. Occasionally, disperse inland in winter. The diet comprises mostly fish. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
There is probably a maximum of 10,000 breeding pairs in all the Mediterranean. The greatest threats to this sub-species are disturbance at breeding sites, accidental fishing and loss of habitat due to tourism development.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
2,700 / 4,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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