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Cape cormorant

Phalacrocorax capensis


The Cape cormorant is an almost entirely glossy black bird, though in breeding condition it has a purplish tinge and a few white plumes on head, neck, and cloacal areas. Its gular skin is a deep orangey yellow; unusually for a cormorant, its lores are feathered. The bird's wing is about 240–280 mm in extent, and it weighs 800-1,600 grams, with little sexual dimorphism.


the IUCN now classifies it as "Endangered" due to a very rapid decline in the population over the last three generations.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Congratulations Jared ! I hope they find some security and thrive.

armadeus.4 8 years ago

Fantastic shot! Congratulations Jared :)

Sckel 8 years ago


Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

thx outsidegirl!

outsidegirl0 8 years ago

congrats, Jared! :)

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Thx very much everyone!

PieterColpaert 8 years ago

Congrats! Great shot!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Congratulations! is indeed a lovely moment between these two :-)

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Great shot! Congratulations on SOTD, Jared!

suzmonk 8 years ago

Nice ... congratulations!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Wonderful spotting - congratulations!

LindaAlisto 8 years ago

Congratulations for your SOTD photo!

KarenL 8 years ago

Congrats Jared, your wonderful interaction has earned you Spotting of the Day! As recently as 30 years the breeding population of Cape cormorants was estimated to be over 1 million in Namibia alone. Sadly their numbers have declined rapidly and the IUCN now classifies the species as "Endangered".


Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Thx Very much!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Beautiful social interaction :-)

EmilyMarino 8 years ago


Jared Hersch
Spotted by
Jared Hersch

Knysna Local Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa

Spotted on Jul 22, 2014
Submitted on Jul 22, 2014

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