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Little Cormorant - BirdForum Opus

Microcarbo niger

Phalacrocorax niger

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


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.


Southern Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.


Photo by obasanmi
Kumarakom, India, March 2005

Formerly placed in genus Phalacrocorax.


Freshwater wetlands and on coasts.


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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