- Microcarbo niger
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.
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.