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Birds

Great
Cormorant

Least Concern

Increasing

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

The Great Cormorant is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It is a large black bird. Weight is 4 kg and length 100 cm with wingspan around 150 cm. It has a longish tail and yellow throat-patch. Adults have white thigh patches in the breeding season.

The Great Cormorant breeds mainly on coasts, nesting on cliffs OR in trees. The Great Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but often feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. A wide variety of fish are taken. Cormorants are often noticed eating eels, but this may reflect the considerable time taken to subdue an eel and position it for swallowing.

Great Black Cormorant, Black Shag

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    দৈকলা
  • French:
    Grand Cormoran
  • Gujarati:
    જળ કાગડો, મોટો કાજિયો
  • Malayalam:
    വലിയ നീർക്കാക്ക
  • Marathi:
    मोठा पाणकावळा
  • Punjabi:
    ਵੱਡਾ ਜਲ ਕਾਂ
  • Sanskrit:
    महा जलकाक
  • Tamil:
    பெரிய நீர்க்காகம்
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Taxanomy

SULIFORMES
PHALACROCORACIDAE
Phalacrocorax carbo

Great Cormorant

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