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Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus



This particular bird was spotted in the City Park in Bishop, CA, a high-desert community in the Eastern Sierras. The park's pond which is usually inhabited primarily by ducks appeared to have been overtaken mainly by seagulls on this day.

1 species ID suggestions


anwylyd 6 years ago

I need to read more carefully before I respond. Yes, Double-Crested seems to fit. Thank you!

anwylyd 6 years ago

This bird was in a pond in the Bishop city park far, far from the coast. However, he was with a large population of seagulls, which might explain something??

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 6 years ago

Great to know. Always learn something new here ;) Thanks guys, now I know that to next time...

gatorfellows 6 years ago

Livan is correct about the range of the Great Cormorant. Brandt's Cormorant is another large cormorant, but it is only in marine environments on the coast. The Double-crested Cormorant is large, with a thick bill, and has conspicuous pale facial skin, usually orange. A juvenile has uniformly pale upper breast.

LivanEscudero 6 years ago

Great Cormorant not found in California, in North America, its range is the Atlantic coast from the Carolina's to Canada. I believe this is an immature double-crested.

Bishop, California, USA

Lat: 37.37, Long: -118.39

Spotted on Apr 5, 2013
Submitted on Apr 6, 2013

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