European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) - HBW 1, p. 346
French: Cormoran huppé
Spanish: Cormorán Moñudo
Other common names: Common/Green Shag, Green Cormorant
Taxonomy: Pelecanus aristotelis Linnaeus, 1761, Sweden.
Sometimes placed in genus Stictocarbo. Race riggenbachi may be inseparable from desmarestii. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aristotelis (Linnaeus, 1761) - Iceland and N Scandinavia S to Iberian Peninsula.
- desmarestii (Payraudeau, 1826) - C Mediterranean E to Black Sea.
- riggenbachi Hartert, 1923 - coast of Morocco.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 25 videos
Different ringed birds on the rocks, including close-ups, and two juveniles Locality Saltee Islands, Wexford County, Ireland (ssp aristotelis)
Peter van Dam 4 July 2002 5 years ago 56 sec 4.8
A chick at the nest Locality Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp aristotelis)
Javier Ortas 20 June 2010 2 years ago 29 sec 4.8
The adult birds at the nest with the chicks Locality Varanger Peninsula, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp aristotelis)
Javier Ortas 21 June 2010 2 years ago 37 sec 4.8
Adults at their nests Locality Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, Great Britain (ssp aristotelis)
Greg Baker 28 May 2006 1 year ago 36 sec 4.5
Close up of the head at Hornoya. Locality Hornoya Island, Varanger Fjord, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp aristotelis)
Ghislain Gosse 5 June 2010 2 years ago 22 sec 4.3
A juvenile bird preening itself. Locality Pier of IJmuiden, Netherlands (ssp aristotelis)
Yoel Jimenez 1 September 2012 18 weeks ago 40 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 29 photos
Locality Corsica, France (ssp desmarestii)
Alain Fossé 19 July 2003 3 years ago 4.4
A couple courting; Pareja en cortejo; acantilados de Asturias (NW Spain)
Locality Asturias, Spain (ssp aristotelis)
José M. Formentí 2 January 2001 3 years ago 4.3
Locality Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, Great Britain
Paul Cools 3 June 2006 28 weeks ago 4.2
It was sunny and the Shag was in bath with sea water.
Locality Sile Port, Sile, Istanbul Province, Turkey (ssp desmarestii)
ahmet karataş 20 February 2012 1 year ago 4.2
Locality Morbihan, Bretagne, France (ssp aristotelis)
Alain Fossé 26 September 2004 3 years ago 4
Young bird at Formentera coast, 2008.
Locality Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain (ssp desmarestii)
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 27 February 2008 2 years ago 3.9