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Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
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Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)

General Description: Pelagic Cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) are glossy black, diving birds with a long, thin neck and a long, thin, hooked bill. In breeding plumage, the facial skin turns from black to red, and there are a few white feathers on the neck. Under good light, the black feathers iridescent, showing green and purple-blue. Other species of cormorants have thicker bills and lighter-colored facial skin.

Taxonomy: Suliformes, Phalacrocoracidae

Favored Habitat: Near-shore coastal habitats, rocky coastlines.

Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)

Where to Find: Don't look for Pelagic Cormorants around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on trips to the Pacific Coast, especially along rocky coastlines.

Comments: Pelagic Cormorants nest on the sides of rocky cliffs where it is too steep for other species to nest.

Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) If you were a tasty fish, this might be the last face you ever see!
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant, adult and juvenile
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant; note the very thin bill
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant; two adults and nestlings
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant; two adults and nestlings
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant at nest
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus)
Pelagic Cormorant at nest
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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