Chatham Shag, Chatham Island Shag, Chatham Shag

Chatham Shag, Chatham Island Shag, Chatham Shag

Artist: Linda Besse
Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Chatham Shag, Chatham Island Shag, Chatham Shag by Linda Besse
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
PHALACROCORACIDAE
Order: 
SULIFORMES
Genus: 
Phalacrocorax
Species: 
onslowi
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Forbes, 1893
Synonyms: 
Leucocarbo onslowi subspecies onslowi
Common names (Spa): 
Cormorn de las Chatham
Medium: 
Oil
Artist Statement: 
With fewer than 400 pairs remaining in the Chatham Islands of New Zealand, this shag is critically endangered. The striking marine feeder breeds and roosts on the rocky headlands of the coastline. Portraying a breeding pair is the best way I can think of to engage protection and recovery of this unique bird.