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FAMILY BIRDS

Phalacrocoracidae

Cormorants that spend most of their time on or near water or marshlands. Easily spotted diving under water for food.

 


Neotropic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Neotropic Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

Appearance:

  • Small and slender with a long tail.
  • It frequently holds its neck in an S-shape.
  • Adult plumage is mainly black, with a yellow-brown throat patch.
  • During breeding, white tufts appear on the sides of the head, and the throat patch develops a white edge.
  • The upper wings are somewhat greyer than the rest of the body.
  • It is about 64cm long with a 100cm wingspan and the adult male weighs from 1.1 to 1.5kg.

Behaviour:

  • Diet includes marine and freshwater fish, crustaceans, frogs, tadpoles and insects.
  • Dives underwater for food. The dives are brief, between of five to 15 seconds.
  • Known to forage in groups: They beat the water with their wings to drive fish into shallows.
  • They are monogamous and breed in colonies.

Voice:

  • Call has been described as a pig-like grunt.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • Habitat ranges from large rivers to small streams and marshlands.
  • The nest is built a few metres above the ground or water in bushes or trees.
  • Find them near oxbow lakes, and at rivers.

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