Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant sitting on red-brown rock near ocean
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Scientific Name: Microcarbo melanoleucos

Size: Total Length 50 to 60 cm

What does it look like?

The Little Pied Cormorant is identified by its black and white plumage, being  entirely black above and white below.  The larger (65 to 80 cm) Pied Cormorant, resembles the Little Pied Cormorant in plumage, but has a bright yellow-orange face.

Where is it found?

The Little Pied Cormorant is found in suitable habitats throughout Australia.

What are its habitats & habits?

This is one of the most common Australian waterbirds, found in almost any body of water, either fresh or salt water. It is often seen in large flocks on open waterways and on the coast, especially where large numbers of fish are present. On inland streams and dams, however, it is often solitary.

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