Saturday 28 October 2017


The Australian pied cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the pied cormorant or pied shag, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia. In New Zealand it is usually known either as the pied shag or by its Māori name of Karuhiruhi. Older sources may refer to it as the "yellow-faced cormorant".

Although typically found in marine habitat (sometimes solitary, sometimes in pairs, sometimes in vast flocks of hundreds or thousands) it is also attracted to inland waters, including lakes, deep and open swamps, and rivers. The pied cormorant appears to feed largely on benthic fish. It will dive both in shallow, still water and in rapidly moving currents. Typical dive times are around 40 seconds, with a recovery period of 10–15 seconds between dives.

Here it is seen in the Darebin Parklands in Metropolitan Melbourne, living quite happily on the waters of a pond.

This post is part of the Weekend Green meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme.


  1. 2 grat shots of thie Pied Cormorant. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Hello, I have always loved this cute Pied Cormorant. Great sighting and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  3. Wow, I haven't seen the Pied Cormorant before. He has great color especially compared to our double breasted cormorant who is black. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lovely shots, we have other species here, but they arent beloved by the fishermen...
    Thanks for joining

  5. Lovely photos. Wow, I can't imagine seeing a flock of thousands of them! How dramatic would that be!

  6. Such an interesting looking bird. Thank you for sharing your great photos!

  7. Wow! It's a gorgeous Cormorant! Thanks again Nick.


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