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Magellanic Cormorant

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Showing a very faint face spotPhoto © by Joseph MorlanUshuaia-Barco Hundido, Ushuaia Department, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, 28 February 2018
Showing a very faint face spot
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Ushuaia-Barco Hundido, Ushuaia Department, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, 28 February 2018

Alternative name: Magellan Cormorant; Rock Shag

Phalacrocorax magellanicus


[edit] Identification

66–71 cm (26-28 in)

  • Black head to rump
  • Red bare skin around beak and eyes
  • White underparts
  • Pink legs and feet
  • Breeding birds develop a crest
  • Some individuals show a distinct white spot on the face and/or white throat patch which may vary seasonally

[edit] Distribution

South America: found along the coasts of Chile, Argentina and Falkland Islands

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Coastal areas, islands, channels and rocky cliffs.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They breed in small colonies, nesting on ledges on steep, bare, rocky cliffs. The make a cup shaped nest from seaweed to hold the clutch of 3 eggs, though sometimes up to 5 have been observed.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists small fish captured by pursuit-diving.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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