Pied Shag (Phalacrocorax varius)
Of the world's 36 species of shag 12 are found in New Zealand and 8 of these are endemic. Members of the shag family belong to three groups based on the colour of their feet: black, yellow or pink. The Pied shag is black-footed. In New Zealand, all members of the Phalacrocoracidae are called shags. The term shag seems to have come about in reference to the crest on the head of some species.