Great Cormorant

Other Names: Great Black Cormorant, Black Cormorant, Large Cormorant, Black Shag.

Distribution: temperate and tropical coasts worldwide, excluding South America.

Great Cormorant distribution range map

Description:

Size: 77-94 cm in length with a 121-149 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Adults are black with a white throat and yellow chin pouch; while breeding they have white flank patches. Juveniles are dull brown, with a dusky neck and white coloration on the belly. The bill is yellow and the legs and eyes are black.

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Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alabama
atlanticcoast
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
greenland
labrador
maine
maryland
massachusetts
mississippi
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
nova scotia
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
vermont
virginia
west virginia
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
flying
swimming
walking
Behavior
flocks
Markings
bold
Location
high flying
low flying
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
Oceans
Color
sheen
black
blackandwhite
brown
Body Shape
headcrested
upright-perching-water
Size
large
Order
Cormorants and Shags - Phalacrocoracidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species