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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)



Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Class: Aves
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Common Name: Neotropic Cormorant
Genus: Phalacrocorax
Species Name: brasilianus

About The Neotropic Cormorant

A bird of the tropical waterways of Central and South America, the Neotropic Cormorant reaches the upper limits of its range in Texas and occasionally, the Great Plains. Although it superficially resembles North America's other freshwater cormorant, the Double-crested Cormorant, the Neotropic Cormorant stands apart in various aspects of behavior, as well as range. The Neotropic Cormorant is the only cormorant known to plunge-dive into water to catch fish. Unlike gannets and boobies, it does not dive from great heights, restricting its dives to less than a half-meter (1.75 feet) over the water. It is not particularly successful with this technique, catching a fish only once in every six to ten plunges. In Mexico, Neotropic Cormorants reportedly often fish cooperatively, forming a line across swift-flowing streams and striking the surface with their wings, causing fish to flee, whereupon the cormorants dive and pursue them.

Bibliographic Citation: "Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasillanus)." The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds. Citation Link Accessed 27 Jan 2014.

Trips Where Observed

Argentina
Brazil
Ecuador
Mexico to Panama
Mexico, Nayarit
Mexico, Veracruz
Peru
Texas

Member Lifelists

Argentina
Ecuador
Mexico
North America
South America
United States
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
2/2/2005
local name Olivaceous Cormorant
2/14/2005
local name Olivaceous Cormorant
1/16/2009
3/18/2009
7/15/2011
6/21/2019
6/21/2019
6/26/2019
6/28/2019

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