Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) bird information

Cormorant Bird information Facts Identification and Breeding

Cormorant is a common, goose-like waterbird, occurring on coasts and less frequently on inland waters; often seen perched with wings outstretched. Adult glossy green-black with a white face and round white flank patch in summer.  Immature browner, with pale breast and belly. Swims low in the water with uptilted head and heavy, yellow bill. Dives easily; often flies in ‘V’ formation like geese.

Status: found on all coasts, breeding mainly in north and west; also inland in lowland England and north and central Ireland.
Similar Species: Shag is considerably smaller.

Cormorant Bird Facts

Typegoose-like
Size84 – 89 cm (33 – 38 in)
Habitatsea, estuaries, freshwater, island, trees
Behaviorswims, dives, perches on rocks and buoys, takes off and lands on water and ground.
Flockingcolonial; small flocks
Flightlaboured; glides; direct
Voicecroaks and grunts on breeding grounds

Bird Identification

Cormorant bird identification

Adult
Crownblack
Upperpartsblack
Rumpblack
Tailblack; medium length and rounded
Throatwhite
Breastblack
Bellyblack
Legsblack; short
Juvenilebrown above, buff below

Cormorant Bird’s Breeding

Nestmound of Seawood on cliff or tree
Eggs3 – 4; pale blue
Incubation28 – 29 days
Younghelpless; naked
Fledging50 – 60 days
Broods1; April-June
Foodfish
Population8000 pairs; 20,000+ winter

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