Male Cormorant

Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax carbo

Did you know: The Cormorant, a bird often seen with its wings outstretched, drying off in the sun, has been a part of the UK’s wildlife landscape for centuries, holding significant numbers especially in winter!

What Do Cormorants Look Like? (how to identify them)

Cormorants are striking large, black waterbirds, easily spotted due to their size and colour. 

With a wingspan of 130-160 cm and weighing between 2.1-2.5kg, they possess a reptilian-like neck and an almost prehistoric appearance. Their unique stance of standing with wings spread to dry is a familiar sight along UK coastlines.

Differences Between Male And Female Cormorants

Male and female Cormorants are similar in appearance, making it challenging to distinguish between them based on looks alone.

What Do Cormorants Eat?

Cormorants are skilled fishers, primarily feeding on fish. They are known for their diving prowess, plunging underwater to catch their prey.

Where Do Cormorants Live? (inc. migration info)

Cormorants are found in diverse habitats, including urban and suburban areas, marine and intertidal zones, and wetlands. 

The UK plays host to a significant number of these birds, especially in winter. They prefer coastal areas but have adapted to inland water bodies as well.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Cormorants)

Cormorants are not particularly vocal, but they do produce a range of guttural calls and croaks, especially during the breeding season.

Fun Cormorant Facts (kid friendly)

  • Cormorants can dive up to 45 metres deep!
  • They spread their wings to dry them because their feathers aren’t completely waterproof.
  • Young Cormorants have different colourings – they’re brown with a white belly.
  • They are known to stand still for long periods with their wings outstretched.
  • Cormorants have webbed feet which make them excellent swimmers.

Cormorant Images

Male Cormorant Male
Female Cormorant Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
Cormorant Juvenile Juvenile

Facts About The Cormorant

Diet: Fish
Bird Family: Cormorants and shags
Length: 80-100cm
Wingspan: 130-160cm
Weight: 2.1-2.5kg
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax carbo

The Cormorant Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December