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Great Cormorant

About Great Cormorant

This bird has a long neck for diving with a long thick, hooked bill, and short wings. Its black feet have all four toes webbed together. The feathers are glossy blue-black with a bronze sheen on the upper parts, and black-edged wing feathers. It has a white chin, and a small yellow throat pouch lined with white.

Nests in spring to summer, in large groups on rocks and cliffs ledges, or in trees on inlands. The nest is a large rough cup of seaweed and debris lined with finer material. They lay 3-4 chalky blue eggs, kept warm by parents’ feet for 27-29 days.

This bird is often accused of catching more than its share of fish; the Great Cormorant is regarded as a pest by a lot of fishermen.

Although it is usually a seabird, it can and does live inland near rivers and lakes. It hunts fish by going underwater, folding its wings and driving itself along with its powerful webbed feet. Its feathers are not waterproof; after fishing it usually lays on a rock and spreads out its wings to dry.