Halieus (Hypoleucus) verrucosus
Sometimes placed in genus Notocarbo or occasionally in Phalacrocorax, but classification here follows results of a comprehensive molecular phylogeny for the entire family#R. Often considered a race of L. atriceps, but specifically distinct (as argued earlier#R#R) on account of its small size, notably in shortness of bill, with mean of 50 (range 45–53) vs 58.53 (54–62) in geographically and probably genetically closest form melanogenis#R (at least 2); much more rounded wing (morphometric character: 1); dull brownish vs reddish-pink feet (2); all-black upperparts (no white on wings or back) (2); and bluish-grey vs strong blue eyering (1). Occasional occurrence of birds with white wingbars exclusively in E Kerguelen may suggest recent arrival of some individuals of L. a. melanogenis or L. a. nivalis, which may subsequently have hybridized with local birds. Monotypic.
Kerguelen Is, in S Indian Ocean.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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