Upright Perching Water Birds

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus
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Length: 32 in. (81 cm )
A common species on inland lakes, rivers and ponds, it is also found in coastal habitats. It is regularly seen roosting near the water on trees, snags, beaches and rocky cliffs with its wings hanging open to dry in the sun. The cormorant has adaptations to the eyes to see underwater, and it uses its fully webbed feet to propel itself at great speeds in pursuit of the fish on which it relies heavily. This species nests in large colonies in trees or on the ground. The platform nest is made of twigs, sticks and aquatic vegetation.

The four-digit banding code is DCCO.

Male | Jim Burns


Marsh / swamp

Open water
Bird Sound Type: Rattling
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Double-crested Cormorant
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: September 19, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/double-crested-cormorant

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Double-crested Cormorant. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved September 19, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/double-crested-cormorant

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