- Phalacrocorax penicillatus
27.6-31.1 in (70-79 cm)
- Black body
- White plumes on neck and back in breeding season
- Pale tan throat framing to blue throat patch during breeding season
- Long, hooked bill
- Medium length tail
Juvenile: brownish-black with pale brown blaze across chest.
Pelagic Cormorant is smaller with thinner bill, thinner neck, smaller head and longer tail. In breeding season Pelagic has dark crest and white flank patches.
Open sea, rocky islands for breeding.
The diet includes fish.
Nests are large and untidy, made of terrestrial plants or seaweed, placed on the ground or on rocky outcrops.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Information from the All About Birds website, https://www.allaboutbirds.org/, © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Brandt's Cormorant. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 18 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Brandt%27s_Cormorant