COSEWIC: Not at Risk, BC List: Blue
A large diving bird with a stocky body, long neck and moderately hooked beak. Breeding adults are iridescent, greenish-black with orange-yellow skin on the face and gular patch, eyes are aqua coloured. Juveniles and non-breeding birds are browner in colour. The double crest (“shag”) is only found on adults early in the breeding season.