Monday, April 11, 2016

Cormorant -What's That?

C...is for Cormorant


Cormorants are fish-eating waterbirds with four webbed toes and members of the order of Pelecaniformes.  Because their feathers rapidly become saturated on contact with water, they enter water only to feed and bathe; after feeding they rest spread-winged on exposed perches to dry their plumage.




Double-crested Cormorants have bare chins and straight bills with hooked tips; they may be seen swimming, flying in untidy waving lines, or  standing on sandbars, posts or tree branches. They are common on clear open waters and rivers to open ocean. They roost in trees and on posts, rocks, and sandbars at water's edge.




Compared to Anhingas, Cormorants have shorter and bowed wings, shorter tails and exhibit much flapping. Perched birds give a hoarse grunting or wailing sounds, mainly at nest site. Adults in breeding season develop brighter bare-parts colors and some white plumes on head and neck.

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