Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

PHASUL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White-blue



Number of Eggs:

3 - 5



Incubation Days:

23 - 35



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

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



Nest Material:

Twigs and sticks.



Migration:

Most do not migrate



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General

Little Black Cormorant: Small black cormorant with green gloss to plumage, blue-green eye, white speckling on head, and straight, medium black-gray bill with small hooked tip. Back is black-gray with black scaling. Long, somewhat pointed wings. Fairly long, slightly rounded tail. Short black-gray legs and big webbed feet. Feeds on a wide variety of fish. This cormorant species catches its prey with its bill after pursuing it below the surface of the water.

Breeding and Nesting

Little Black Cormorant: Three to five white-blue eggs are laid in a small platform nest constructed with sticks and twigs. The nest is built in the fork of a tree growing out of the water. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 23 to 35 days. This species nests in loose colonies with other waterbirds.

Foraging and Feeding

Little Black Cormorant: Feeds on a wide variety of fish. This cormorant species catches its prey with its bill after pursuing it below the surface of the water.

Vocalization

Little Black Cormorant: Males emit harsh barks and croaks when at breeding sites. Other vocalizations include "krah," "tu tu," and other bickering roost calls.

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