Indian Cormorant

Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
Common Name: Indian Cormorant
Other Name: Indian shag

Identifying Features: black body, blue eye, small head, long narrow bill ending in a hooked tip, webbed feet

Fun Facts:

  • This cormorant fishes gregariously in inland rivers or large wetlands of peninsular India and northern part of Sri Lanka. It also occurs in estuaries and mangroves but not on the open coast.
  • The Indian cormorant makes short dives to capture fish and a group will often fish communally, forming a broad front to drive fish into a corner.


This image was clicked by Praveen Pandian – via Flickr.

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