Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos melanoleucos




Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:


Number of Eggs:

4 - 5

Incubation Days:

27 - 28

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

Nest is built in the fork of a tree growing out of the water.

Nest Material:



Most do not migrate



Little Pied Cormorant: Small black and white cormorant with white underparts, face, and front. Black crown, nape, and upperparts with black-green gloss. Back and upper wings have hint of a scaled pattern. Short to medium green-yellow bill with slightly hooked tip, blue mouth. Long, rather broad wings. Fairly long tail with rounded tip. Short black legs and large webbed feet. Forages for small fish, shrimp, krill, and other crustaceans by catching them with bill after an underwater pursuit.

Breeding and Nesting

Little Pied Cormorant: Four to five white-blue eggs are laid in a platform nest constructed with sticks, some of which have green leaves on their branches. The nest is built in the fork of a tree standing in the water, and is usually near the nests of other cormorants and waterbirds. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 27 to 28 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Little Pied Cormorant: Mostly feeds on shrimp, krill, and other crustaceans but also takes small fish. This cormorant species forages by submerging beneath the surface of lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters, and pursuing its prey by swimming after it. It catches food items with its bill.


Little Pied Cormorant: Typically silent when not in breeding colonies. Greeting call is a low "uh uh uh uh."

Similar Species

Little Black Cormorant is all black, has a longer, black bill, and brilliant teal eyes.


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

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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