doublecrested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 27 inches Wingspan: 50 inches
Large, dark waterbird with a long, hooked bill and long tail
Long, thin neck
Gular area squared off and orange, extending straight down across throat
Often perches with wings spread to dry them
Entirely black plumage
Small white plumes on head during breeding season
Pale throat and chest darkening below to dark belly; some individuals are entirely pale underneath
Brownish back and upperwings
Loons are similar on the water, but lack hooked bills. Anhinga has a long,
pointed bill and a much longer tail. All adult cormorant species in the U.S.
are separable by the shape and color of the gular areas. No other species
has orange lores and gular region that does not form a point at the gape.
Neotropical cormorant can be similar but is slimmer and longer-tailed,
and has a differently shaped gular area. Great cormorant is also similar
but has a yellowish, pointed gular area surrounded with white as an adult.
Immatures are dark-chested and pale bellied, unlike double-crested.
Breeding Habitat:Wetland-open water
Length of Incubation: 25-29 days
Days to Fledge:35-42
Number of Broods:1
Diet: Mostly fish; lesser quantities of aquatic invertebrates
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August R
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Calendar of Events
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Crooked Run Valley