Phalacrocorax aristotelis

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The Shag is one of the most numerous breeding seabirds that lives on the islands, distinguished from the Cormorant from its more slender overall appearance, and the absence of any white cheek patches.

Shags can be seen in large rafts of birds, numbering in their hundreds, as they feed together out at sea over the summer months.  At over 1000 pairs the Scilly breeding population represents one of the largest shag colonies in England.

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