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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.
Various wetlands, including fresh, brackish, and saltwater habitats. Nests and roosts mostly in trees, but also on cliffs and human-made structures.
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.
Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 8, 2013
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