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Black-faced Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax fuscescens)
Alternate name(s): "White-breasted Cormorant", "Black-and-white Shag*", "Black-faced Shag"
Size: 60-70 cm; wing span 1 m
Weight: 1.0-1.8 kg

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-faced Cormorant at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

BREEDING

Close-up lateral portrait of a Black-faced Cormorant in breeding plumage; note the white nuptial plumes at the nape of the neck (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Lateral view of a Black-faced Cormorant drying its breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Two Black-faced Cormorants preening; breeding plumage on the left, non-breeding plumage on the right (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Direct comparison of three different species of cormorants: Black-faced Cormorant, left to centre, Pied Cormorant, second from right, and Little Pied Cormorant, right (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

NON-BREEDING

Immature Little Pied Cormorant, front, with two Black-faced Cormorants behind - in breeding plumage, left, and non-breeding plumage (note the entirely black nape of the neck), right (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

Behaviour

Black-faced Cormorants are the only exclusively coastal and marine species of cormorants in Australia. They do not venture inland anywhere.

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