Pelagic Cormorant breeding adult
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|The Pelagic Cormorant is smaller and more delicate than the other Pacific Cormorants. It is slender with a tiny head no wider than its neck, a very thin dark bill that appears to be pushed into its face. It has dark chin and throat feathers and a much longer tail than the Red-Faced Cormorant. The adult Pelagic Cormorant is a glossy black. It has yellow-green to deep sea green eyes, black legs and feet. When breeding it shows two white oval patches on its flanks and a small dull red facial patch. Like the Red-Faced Cormorant, it develops two white plumes on its neck. Its back and neck become an iridescent greenish-black. It also has 2 crests on its head front and back. The males are slightly larger than the females. In winter, the adult lacks the red face and flank patches. The immature Pelagic Cormorants are dark black-brown with no facial skin and have brown eyes.|
Range & Habitat
The Pelagic Cormorant is found off the coast of the North Pacific and winters south from Alaska. This bird lives both off shore and inshore. It breeds from the Bering Sea and south to Baja California.
It is the least pelagic of the cormorants and the least gregarious of all the cormorants. It is seen solitary or in small groups. It feeds mainly on fish, crabs and other crustations and is a deep diver, up to 180 feet. It will grab a fish rather than spearing it and produces pellets of regurgitated food. Its small size allows it to spring directly up from the water into the air rather than paddling along the water as other cormorants do. It flies low over the water with a straight neck and has fast wing beats. It perches more vertically than other cormorants.
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What an odd looking Cormorant. I love the big green eyes and the feathers on the neck changes from plenty to very little. Great capture and congrats. on this unusual bird!
amazing colours, TFS Ori