Whitebreasted Cormorant


Name
Whitebreasted Cormorant

Latin Name
Phalacrocorax carbo

Family
Phalacrocoracidae

Length
90 cm

Habitat
Singly or in groups on coastal rocks, islands and estuaries, plus large inland waters where they often perch in dead trees.

Number of chicks
3 - 4 (occasionally 5).

Breeding
Breed throughout the year, August or January peak periods in the Cape; recorded from March - October inland. Eggs 3 - 4, occasionally 5, chalky-white with greenish-blue tinge when fresh.

Immature Description
Immature birds are off-white below, extending to a varying amount to belly.

Adult Description
Identified by large size and white underparts, throat to breast or, in immatures, entirely white underparts, much whiter than the immature of the Reed Cormorant.

Status
Common or localised resident.

Distribution
Worldwide. Throughout Africa.

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