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Phalacrocorax gaimardi


Plumage gray, darker on the head and neck and on the back with whitish spots. Lighter gray chest and abdomen. Dark primaries. White spot on each side of the neck. Peak yellow with red-orange base. Red-orange legs. It is the smallest cormorant among the Chilean species. It inhabits all the coast, looking for the rocky zones. It can easily be distinguished from other species by its gray color, yellow beak, red paws and white spot on the neck. Unmistakable.


Coast and adjacent islands. Not pelagic


Posture between October and January. It nestles on rocks or protrusions of cliffs, building its nest with huiros, algae and other marine plants and without being very meticulous in its armed. Usually places 3 eggs, and exceptionally 4, white, calcareous dimensions of 61 x 37 mm app ..

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SukanyaDatta 9 months ago

Thank you for the update...I seem to have missed your beautiful spotting when you posted it. It is wonderful to see the chicks.

josecardenasvejar 9 months ago

The chicks were born! 2 months waiting. I added a photo to this gallery

AntónioGinjaGinja 11 months ago

Beautiful series Jose,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

josecardenasvejar 11 months ago

Thanks DanielePralong, Of course! I'm working to share beautiful pictures. In this photograph, I added two, corresponding to a curious and not less important theme: our garbage. It is sad to see the nests of these birds, with garbage, which is already part of them in their nesting process. Without a doubt, it is a wake-up call for everyone and a reflection on the subject.

DanielePralong 11 months ago

You're welcome José! Thanks for all your beautiful contributions, and looking forward to more!

josecardenasvejar 11 months ago

Wow !! Surprised!! Thank you very much! A hug from a distance for the whole Project Noah team. This is just a great impulse to keep working !! Greetings from Chile! José

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 months ago


DanielePralong 11 months ago

Congratulations josecardenasvejar, this red-legged cormorant so nicely photographed in its environment is our Spotting of the Day!


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 11 months ago

Please consider adding this wonderful spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

josecardenasvejar 11 months ago

Saludos Marta! Dejo en claro que en ningún momento se realizó acción alguna que ponga en peligro al Lile ni los huevos!! Me mantuve lo más lejos posible.

Marta RubioTexeira
Marta RubioTexeira 11 months ago

Precioso, nunca lo habia visto antes, gracias por compartir!

X Región de Los Lagos, Chile

Lat: -41.65, Long: -73.69

Spotted on Dec 18, 2016
Submitted on Dec 18, 2016

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