Great Cormorant

Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax carbo
Common Name: Great Cormorant
Other Names: Black shag, Large cormorant

Identifying Features: black body, black webbed feet, blue eyes, white patch on throat in breeding season, yellow patch below bill

Fun Facts:

  • This is the largest of the Cormorants found in India.
  • This is a very common and widespread bird species. It feeds on the sea, in estuaries, and on freshwater lakes and rivers.
  • A very rare variation of the great cormorant is caused by albinism. Albino suffers from poor eyesight and/or hearing, thus it rarely manages to survive in the wild.


This image was clicked by Sandeep Gangadharanvia Flickr.

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