Little Pied Cormorant/Little Shag Microcarbo melanoleucos

Little Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Shag
The Little Pied Cormorant, also called the Little Shag, comes from Australasia. As its name indicates, it is much smaller than other cormorants and has a much shorter beak. The names Cormorant or Shag are sometimes interchangeable; in the past "Shag" was applied to a Cormorant with a crest (or double crest) but currently is usually applied to small cormorant species.
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Shag
Usual black and white (pied) plumage is shown in the pictures above and immediately below. Those above are the nominal sub-species from Australian coasts and the Indonesian/Pacific islands.
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Cormorant
Pictures above and immediately below are the New Zealand sub-species M. m. brevirostris sometimes treated as a separate species M. brevirostris.
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Shag
The photos above show the black body and white face (white-throated form) common, together with the usual form, in New Zealand where these were taken. Juveniles are completely dark.
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Shag
Little Pied Shag