Neotropic Cormorant

photo by Phil Swanson

Phalacrocorax brasilianus
L 26″ (66 cm) W 40″ (102 cm).

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Description: Sexes similar. Adult mainly blackish, with dull yellow throat pouch that tapers to a sharp point behind bill. Immature dull gray-brown above, somewhat paler below.

Habitat: Deeper marshes, lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

Where in Nebraska: Rare casual summer visitor statewide. No breeding records for Nebraska.

Field Notes: Scan groups of Double-crested cormorants for possible Neotropic Cormorants during May-October.

Fun Facts: Neotropic Cormorants often fish cooperatively by walking in a line in swift water and herding fish to then dive after.

Additional Information: Formally known as Olivaceous Cormorant.

Neotropic Cormorant - photo by Phil Swanson
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