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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
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Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Juvenile (left) and two adult cormorants.

General Description: Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) are black, diving birds with a long, hooked bill and a yellow throat patch. Adults are black; juveniles have a light colored or mottled breast.

The name "double-crested" comes from the two tufts of white feathers that are seen above the eyes in breeding adults. However, looking at the bird in the center of the photo at left, it looks like the "double crest" is more of a Mohawk.

Taxonomy: Suliformes, Phalacrocoracidae

Favored Habitat: Ponds, rivers, and lakes with fish to eat.

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Where to Find: Urban ponds such as the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Lorenzi Park, and Sunset Park are good, as is Lake Mead.

Comments: Double-crested Cormorants nest in colonies on the side of cliffs over water, such as a cliff in Black Canyon just below Hoover Dam.

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Double-crested Cormorant in typical swimming posture.

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Preparing for a quick escape into the depths, this Double-crested Cormorant is riding low in the water.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Adult (dark neck) and juvenile (light neck) Double-crested Cormorants.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant adult during summer.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant with yellow throat skin and blue-green eye.
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) If you were a tasty little fish, this might be the last face you ever see!
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Pale, young Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Juvenile (brown) Double-crested Cormorant in flight
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorants at Ruby Marsh, northeast Nevada
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant in lower Las Vegas Wash
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorants fly in long lines
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Cormorant and other on the loafing island at Sunset Park
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant foraging in rough water
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant foraging
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant taking flight
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant with long wings
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant on a stick
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant at the Salton Sea
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Hoping for a fisherman's fish, Dunedin, Florida
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Hoping for a fisherman's fish, Dunedin, Florida
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Hoping for a fisherman's fish, Dunedin, Florida
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Hoping for a fisherman's fish, Dunedin, Florida
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Hoping for a fisherman's fish, Dunedin, Florida
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Notice colorful eye and ear turf
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant eating a halibut
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant eating a halibut
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant and Ring-necked Ducks
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Coastal habitat off Venice, Louisiana
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Coastal habitat off Venice, Louisiana
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant nest colony below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant nest colony below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant nest colony below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorant nest colony below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Nestling begging for lunch at Sunset Park
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Nestling begging for lunch
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorants courting
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Double-crested Cormorants courting
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
White-wash marks Cormorant nests below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
White-wash marks Cormorant nests below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
White-wash marks Cormorant nests below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Cormorant nests on cliffs below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Cormorants using construction artifacts for nests below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Cormorants nesting on construction artifacts below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Cormorants nesting on construction artifacts below Hoover Dam
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Cormorants nesting on construction artifacts below Hoover Dam
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