Falklands.net website of the Falkland Islands Environmental Protection Unit We are a regional member of the International Penguin Conservation Work Group - Visit their website for world wide penguin information
our work you can help flora and fauna picture galleries in the media links newsletters contact us Search

King Cormorant
Phalacrocorax atriceps

Local Name: King Shag

Breeding Range: South America and subantarctic islands
Length: 75cm.
Falklands Population: ~60,000 breeding pairs
World Population: unknown

King Cormorants breed in dense colonies on gentle cliff-top slopes at over 100 sites around the Falklands. Many of these colonies are mixed with breeding Rockhopper Penguins or Black-browed Albatross.

Nests are constructed from mud and vegetation, with 2 to 4 eggs being laid around November.

Eggs hatch in December, and chicks remain in the nest until they fledge in February.

Adults travel long distances in search of schools of small fish and crustaceans, which they catch in flocks during shallow dives.

King Cormorants remain around the Falklands throughout the year, and are easily distinguished from the Rock Cormorant by the continuos white throat of the former.

Sexes are similar in appearance.

The Falklands population has shown a significant decline over recent years.


king cormorant

King Cormorant

Phalacrocorax atriceps


Adopt a penguin
penguin hatchling photograph

Adopt and name your penguin, and we will send you reports and photos of your penguin's progress. We will even send you a map to show you exactly where your penguin lives, in case you ever want to visit. (Visitors are welcome).

Learn More


buy our book

click here to read more about our book penguins of the falkland islands and south america by doctor mike bingham

The Falklands Regime by Mike Bingham - now available online here or from bookshops world-wide, ISBN: 1420813757

The Falklands Regime by Mike Bingham


make a donation
We are always pleased to receive donations in support of our work. If you would like to make a donation, click here.
copyright 2002 Environmental Research Unit and Doctor Mike Bingham Design by www.ethicaldesign.co.uk