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Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius


The Pied Cormorant is a large black and white bird with a long, grey, hooked bill and black legs and feet. It has an orange eye-patch and bare throat skin, with a blue eye-ring and the eye is green. Its black back is glossed green, and its underparts are all white, except for black stripes on the thighs. Flocks normally fly in V-shaped formations and sometimes in lines.


The Pied Cormorant is found in marine habitats (almost exclusively so in Western Australia), including estuaries, harbours and bays. It is also found in mangroves and on large inland wetlands in eastern Australia.

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MacChristiansen 6 years ago

One of my favourites

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Fab Shot,

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago


2469, New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -29.36, Long: 153.36

Spotted on Apr 25, 2008
Submitted on Jan 28, 2012

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