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