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European Shag

This bird is about 70.5 cm and has a wingspan of 98 cm. The Shag is a vividly black colour and has a small tuft on its head which points forward. Both males and females have black webbed feet. Features: They must spread their wings after swimming to dry them as, unlike other sea birds, its wings do not have enough isolating oils. It is a rare species at regional, national and European level, because it is threatened by habitat destruction and alteration. Degree of protection: L. 157/92, Dir. CEE 79/409 All. I.