Pitt Shag

Pitt Shag

Pitt Shag by Sharon Schafer
Species & Artwork Details
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
PHALACROCORACIDAE
Order: 
SULIFORMES
Genus: 
Phalacrocorax
Species: 
featherstoni
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Buller, 1873
Synonyms: 
Stictocarbo featherstoni subspecies featherstoni
Medium: 
Acrylic on Hardboard
The Pitt Shag is a critically endangered shag restricted to the Chatham Archipelago,New Zealand. Its natural habitats are open seas and rocky shores. Apparently never a common species, its already small restricted populations are rapidly declining due to habitat degradation loss. The population is presently estimated to be about 886.