Animals Birds

Animals Birds

White-breasted Cormorant


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Phalacrocorax lucidus
PROFILE:

The white-breasted, or great, cormorant is a large, dark diving bird with a long neck, large head, and an extremely sharp, hooked bill. The bird dives beneath the water’s surface where it uses its broad tail as a rudder and its strong thigh muscles and webbed feet for propulsion. Most prey is brought to the surface before swallowing.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Pelecaniformes (pelicans and their relatives)
NATIVE TO:
Africa, Europe, and North America
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern; however, listed as endangered in some states throughout its range
DIET:
Piscivore (fish eater)
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 23+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Colonial
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