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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

Leucocarbo magellanicus

Phalacrocorax magellanicus

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

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Coastal areas, islands, channels and rocky cliffs.

Behaviour

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.

Diet

Their diet consists small fish captured by pursuit-diving.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)
  3. Birdforum Member observations

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External Links

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