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Great Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax carbo)
Alternate name(s): "Black Cormorant", "Black Shag", "Large Black Cormorant", "Great Black Cormorant"
German name(s): "Kormoran"

Size: 70-102 cm; wingspan: 1.2-1.6 m
Weight: 1.2-3.0 kg

Similar species

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

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Great Cormorant at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "sinensis"

ADULT

Lateral view of a Great Cormorant (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Dlugie Wigierskie, Wigry NP, Masurias, Poland, August 2017]

Lateral view of Great Cormorants perched in a dead tree (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Dlugie Wigierskie, Wigry NP, Masurias, Poland, August 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Great Cormorant drying its plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[River Rhine, Schierstein, Rheingau, Germany, March 2013]

Dorsal view of a Great Cormorant drying its plumage (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[River Rhine, Schierstein, Rheingau, Germany, March 2013]

Overview of a small group of Great Cormorants (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Fehmarn, Germany, January 2015]

Small flock of Great Cormorants in flight (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Dlugie Wigierskie, Wigry NP, Masurias, Poland, August 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Somewhat closer view of a small group of Great Cormorants; on the right an immature bird with its characteristic grey front (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Fehmarn, Germany, January 2015]

Small flock of Great Cormorants perched in a dead tree; the bird drying its wings near the centre is immature (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Dlugie Wigierskie, Wigry NP, Masurias, Poland, August 2017]

Additional information

More photos of Great Cormorants, race "sinensis", were taken by us in Oman.

Race "carboides"

Photos of Great Cormorants, race "carboides", were taken by us in Australia.

Behaviour

Small flock of Great Cormorants preparing to hunt fish collectively (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Dlugie Wigierskie, Wigry NP, Masurias, Poland, August 2017]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

grtcorm_20170701.m4a carboides
(NW NSW)
Arrival © MD
 
grtcorm_dw_20170815.m4a sinensis
(Poland)
? (flock) © DW
grtcorm_dw_20170815_1.m4a sinensis
(Poland)
? (flock) © DW

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