Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos melanoleucos

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

PHAMEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Little Pied Cormorant has a large breeding range that exceeds 2 million square kilometers. This species occurs in a variety of wetland habitats in Australia, southern and eastern Indonesia, New Guinea, New Zealand, and some islands in the South Pacific, including Palau. Some individuals winter in northern Australia and islands in the South Pacific. Although the size of the population is unknown, it is believed to be stable and large enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Little Pied Cormorant: Small black and white cormorant with white underparts, face, and front. Black crown, nape, and upperparts with black-green gloss. Short to medium green-yellow bill with slightly hooked tip. Long, rather broad wings. Fairly long tail with rounded tip. Sexes similar. Juvenile gray-brown above, gray-white below.


Range and Habitat

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Little Pied Cormorant SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"uh uh uh uh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Its species name is derived from Ancient Greek: melano - "black", and leukos - "white."
  • The Little Pied Cormorant was first described in 1817 by French naturalist Louis Jean Vieillot.
  • This species is alternately known as the Little Shag or by its Maori name, kawaupaka.
  • A group of cormorants is collectively known as a "flight", a "gulp", a Òlett fliÓ, a "paddling", a "rookery" and a "swim" of cormorants.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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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.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
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