Cape Cormorant

© Cape Cormorant

Name
Cape Cormorant

Latin Name
Phalacrocorax capensis

Family
Phalacrocoracidae

Length
64 cm

Habitat
Single birds and flocks in coastal waters, roosting on offshore islands.

Bird Call
They make no sound.

Breeding
During the breeding period from September to February they are a uniform black. Making their nests from seaweed and sticks. Eggs number 2 - 3 and are chalky white.

Immature Description
Immatures are dusky brown and paler on the belly.

Adult Description
Breeding adults told by entirely glossy green-black plumage, head without crest, orange-yellow bill-base; the eyes are greenish. Fairly long neck, sleek head, often with a small crest.

Status
Common or abundant resident.

Distribution
Winter visitor to Natal coast. Abundant and resident along the entire south-western Cape coast and up to 50 kms out to sea.

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