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Little Cormorant

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Microcarbo niger

Phalacrocorax niger

Breeding PlumagePhoto by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June 2017
Breeding Plumage
Photo by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June 2017

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[edit] Identification

55 cm. Mainly glossy black in the breeding season, with white head plumes and a whitish throat. The wing coverts are silvery, and it has a long tail.

Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner and lack the head plumes.

[edit] Distribution

Southern Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

Photo by obasanmiKumarakom, India, March 2005
Photo by obasanmi
Kumarakom, India, March 2005

Formerly placed in genus Phalacrocorax.

[edit] Habitat

Freshwater wetlands and on coasts.

[edit] Behaviour

3-5 eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or long grass.

It can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. Diet includes a wide variety of fish.

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