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European shag

Phalacrocorax aristotelis


Medium sized bird around 70 cm large (approx), quite long tail feathers, yellow throat patch and a quite narrow beak.


Found inland in the middle of Coimbra in the river.


Found while walking across the bridge sitting enjoying the sun in a lazy way on the tree in the river.

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Spfere 5 years ago

Thanks AshleyT, for helping me identify the bird, much appreciated cheers!

AshleyT 5 years ago

Yep! Portugal has 3 species. The great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), common shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis), and double-crested (Phalacrocorax auritus). I think yours is the common shag. Double-crested are found more on the islands away from mainland, and great cormorant should have a light orange patch close to the throat. Here's a link for the shag,

Spfere 5 years ago

Oh, sorry should been more specific yes, the black birds, Cormorants you called them?
Do you know which sub-specie it is per chance?

AshleyT 5 years ago

You have two cormorants and a gull here. Which bird are you looking for an ID on?

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Coimbra, Portugal

Spotted on Apr 11, 2015
Submitted on Jul 21, 2015

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