Maori Name: Kawau paka
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax melanoleucos brevirostris
The Little Cormorant, or Little pied cormorant, or little shag, is a common cormorant throughout Australasia.
The Little Cormorant is one of four species of Cormorant that has been recorded on the Styx River, and is one of only two species that recorded on the freshwater stretches (the black cormorant shares this trait).
The colour of the plumage of the Little Cormorant varies greatly from bird to bird and from season to season. For more information on the variation found in this species in New Zealand: