South Georgia Shag Leucocarbo georgianus

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Typical “blue-eyed shag”, endemic to the South Georgia, South Orkney, and South Sandwich Islands, as well as Shag Rocks. Striking adult has the bicolored coloration, yellow caruncles, and white shoulder bar typical of that group; also a small stiff crest during the early breeding season. Juvenile is much drabber, being simply dark above and white below. Almost identical to Antarctic Shag, but ranges do not overlap. Breeds on rocky cliffs and ledges, as well as tussock-covered slopes. Tends to forage close to the islands, but may disperse to find open water in winter months.

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