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Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus


Idaho's only breeding cormorant. A goose-sized, black or dark bird. Immature birds light brownish. Breeding adults have inconspicuous tufts on either side of the crown of the head. Head normally uplifted. Distinguished from other cormorants by its orange-yellow throat patch. Cormorants will fly in lines or wedges, similar to geese, but are silent. Neck kinked when in flight.


Found on lakes, rivers, swamps, and seacoasts. In Idaho, occupies larger water courses and reservoirs.


Noted on the shore of Oxbow Reservoir in Hells Canyon.

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Oregon, USA

Spotted on Oct 8, 2012
Submitted on Oct 9, 2012

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