Pelagic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax pelagicus

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Code 4

PECO

Code 6

PHAPEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Pelagic Cormorant has a large range estimated to be between 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the Russian Federations, Korea, China and Taiwan. Its chosen habitat is a marine environment, including freshwater lakes. The global population of this species has not been quantified, and it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Pelagic Cormorant have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Pelagic Cormorant: Small cormorant with glossy black body and bold white patches on flanks. Red face and throat pouch. Head and neck are held straight in flight, with head appearing no wider than neck. Feeds on fish, crustaceans and other invertebrates. Graceful direct flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Pelagic Cormorant: Resident in much of its range. Breeds along the Pacific Coast of North America from the western Alaska and the Aleutian archipelago south to extreme southern California. Spends winters from southern Alaska south to Baja California. Preferred habitats include offshore and inshore waters.

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Pelagic Cormorant SONGS AND CALLS

Pelagic Cormorant A1

Low groans and grunts from a large flock.

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Pelagic Cormorant is also known as the Baird’s Cormorant.
  • It can dive as deep as 100 feet in coastal waters to feed on the sea bottom.
  • This bird uses its own guano to solidify its nest materials and to cement its nest to the cliff face.
  • A group of cormorants has many collective nouns, including a "flight", "gulp", "rookery", "sunning", and "swim" of cormorants.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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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.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X