KāruhiruhiPied shag

Conservation status
Doing OK

Their white bellies make them a bit easier to see than the black shag, but that's only when they are above water. These super divers have webbing between all four toes, allowing them to move quickly underwater. They can even dive for four minutes looking for food. This makes sense since fish comprise roughly 90% of their diet.

Campaign Manager

Karley Skinner

Too often the Bird of the Year has been a flashy, well-known celebrity. Like the Spotted Shag, the Pied Shag has been overlooked for too long. This year, as part of the #seabirdalliance, the humble Shag will rise up as a contender for this glorious prize.

Just like you, this bird likes spreading its wings and sunning itself at the beach, eating fish with their friends, and building houses out of wood.

Vote for the Shag. You know you want to, because #EverybodyLovesAShag

Pied Shag

Photo: Chris Helliwell