Great Cormorant

A Great Cormorant skimming the Ocean surface in flight
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Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax carbo

Size: Total Length 70 to 90 cm

What does it look like?

The large Great Cormorant is one of the largest cormorants in the world. It is almost entirely black in plumage, and can be separated from the Little Black Cormorant (P. sulcirostris) by its larger size and by the white chin and yellow throat.

Where is it found?

Found in suitable habitats throughout Australia, but is most numerous in the south-east and south-west.

What are its habitats & habits?

Despite its preference for extensive areas of permanent fresh water, the Great Cormorant is also found on coastal inlets and estuaries.

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This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

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