Imperial Shag or King Shag
The blue-eyed shag of Patagonia and the Falklands
Our Expert Says… "More confusion arises from the different names given to the range of southern shag and cormorant species! If you encounter them during the nesting season then watch out for the way the adults feed the young. The chicks stick their heads right down the throat of the adults and it looks like they are being swallowed! It seems very uncomfortable for the adults when their chick is almost fully grown and about to fledge!"
The Imperial Shag of Patagonia and the King Cormorant of the Falklands are the same species, the description changes depending on which field guide you read! Blue-eyed shags also include the South Georgia Shag and the Antarctic Shag.
Pictures of Imperial Shag or King Shag
Highlights where the Imperial Shag or King Shag can be seen
Beagle Channel & Lectures
Our trips to spot the Imperial Shag or King Shag