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Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo


The Great Cormorant is mainly black except for some white and yellow on the face. There is a small white patch on each thigh during summer. The bill is grey and the legs and feet are black. Juveniles are similar to adults but are dark brown. Food The Great Cormorant feeds mainly on fish. Also eats crustaceans, aquatic insects and frogs. It catches its food by diving underwater. Breeding Great Cormorants nest in large colonies. The nest is a large structure made of sticks built in a low tree or on the ground. Three to four eggs are laid.


prefers permanent freshwater areas but is also found in coastal inlets and estuaries

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Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jul 1, 2011
Submitted on Jul 1, 2011

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