Red-faced Cormorant

Phalacrocorax urile

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Code 4

RFCO

Code 6

PHAURI

ITIS

  • wgba_banner
  • ibird_banner
  • journal_banner
1 2 3

ILLUSTRATION

ask community
Copyright © 2004 - 2014 Mitch Waite Group

PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Red-faced Cormorant has a large range, estimated globally at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. Native to China, Japan, Taiwan, the Russian Federation, the United States and Canada, this bird prefers neritic, intertidal, or coastal marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 200,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Red-faced Cormorant is Least Concern.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Red-faced Cormorant: Dark brown to black with variable green and violet iridecsence. Bright red face patch, dull bill. Black legs, feet. Breeding adults develop white patches on flanks and white neck feathers or "plumes." Strong powerful direct flight. Flies in straight line formation.


Range and Habitat

Red-faced Cormorant: Found in the far north of the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, from the eastern tip of Hokkaido in Japan, via the Kuril Islands, the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands to the Alaska Peninsula and Gulf of Alaska. Prefers rocky coasts for both feeding and breeding habitat.

whatbird search for your browser

SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"berr awkkkkk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Red-faced Cormorant is also known as the Red-faced Shag or Violet Shag.
  • It is the least gregarious of all cormorants, nesting on steep, inaccessible cliff faces, and is shy of human approach.
  • Possibly owing to its shy habits and hard to reach colony sites, it is one of the least studied and least known birds of the North Pacific.
  • A group of cormorants has many collective nouns, including a "flight", "gulp", "rookery", "sunning", and "swim" of cormorants.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Red-faced Cormorant

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Ashli Maruster

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X