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L. 74â€“91 cm (29â€“36 in)
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A very common and widespread species, it winters anywhere that is ice-free along both coasts of North America, as far north as southern Alaska (on the west coast) and southern New England (on the east coast). It can be found as far south as Mexico and the Bahamas.
There are 4 subspecies:
A 5th subspecies, heuretus is not recognised by all authorities
Oceans and fresh water ponds and lakes. This is the only cormorant in the US that is commonly found on fresh water.
In flight, note crooked neck. Flies in wavy, loose flocks.
After diving, it spends long periods standing with its wings outstretched to allow them to dry, since they are not fully waterproofed.
This species flies low over the water, with its bill tilted slightly upward, sometimes leaving the colony in long, single-file lines.
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