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
84 – 89 cm (33 – 38 in)
sea, estuaries, freshwater, island, trees
swims, dives, perches on rocks and buoys, takes off and lands on water and ground.