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neotropic cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Description:

spotted at high island rookery during breeding season. •Large, dark waterbird. •Long body and long neck. •Medium-sized bill is blunt or hooked at tip. •Purplish black plumage. •Throat and base of bill yellowish.

Habitat:

Various wetlands, including fresh, brackish, and saltwater habitats. Nests and roosts mostly in trees, but also on cliffs and human-made structures.

Notes:

The Neotropic Cormorant is the only cormorant known to plunge-dive into water to catch fish. Unlike gannets and boobies, it does not dive from great heights, restricting its dives to less than a half-meter (1.75 feet) over the water. It is not particularly successful with this technique, catching a fish only once in every six to ten plunges.

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1 Comment

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 8 years ago

thank you Stefania

SusanEllison
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SusanEllison

Texas, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 8, 2013

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