Double-crested Cormorant

Other Names: none

Distribution: North America and some parts of the North Pacific.

Double-crested Cormorant distribution range map

Description:

Size: 70-90 cm in length with a 125-130 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Generally black, with an orange throat pouch and long neck. The long hooked bill tilts upward when the bird swims. Adults have a short tuft of feathers over each eye during the breeding season. Juveniles are browner in general, and off-white on the breast, upper belly, and neck. The eyes and legs are black and the beak is gray to black.

Species image
Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
flying
swimming
walking
Behavior
flocks
Markings
bold
plain
Sounds
rattling
Location
high flying
low flying
north in winter
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Oceans
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
blackandwhite
Body Shape
headcrested
upright-perching-water
Size
large
Order
Cormorants and Shags - Phalacrocoracidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern