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Showing a very faint face spot
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Ushuaia-Barco Hundido, Ushuaia Department, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, 28 February 2018

Alternative name: Magellan Cormorant; Rock Shag

Leucocarbo magellanicus

Phalacrocorax magellanicus


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


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


This is a monotypic species[1].


Coastal areas, islands, channels and rocky cliffs.



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.


Their diet consists small fish captured by pursuit-diving.


  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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