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  Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)





Little Pied Cormorant | Phalacrocorax melanoleucos photo
Little Pied Cormorant hanging out to dry, Mt-Coot-tha botanic gardens, Brisbane.

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Little Pied Cormorant | Phalacrocorax melanoleucos photo
Little Pied Cormorant

Photograph copyright: Nickolay Tilcheff - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Little Pied Cormorant | Phalacrocorax melanoleucos photo
Little Pied Cormorant drying off.

Image by Nrg8000 - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
The Little Pied Cormorant is black above and white below. The face is dusky and, in adult birds, the white of the underside extends to above the eye. Immature birds resemble the adults except there is no white above the eye.

Size
58cm

Habitat
Open waterways, coast, inland streams, lakes and dams

Food
fish, crustaceans caught underwater, also insects.

Breeding
nest is a flat platform of sticks, lined with leaves, usually built in a tree. Lays 3-4 eggs.

Range
throughout Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Phalacrocoracidae
Genus:Phalacrocorax
Species:melanoleucos
Common Name:Little Pied Cormorant

Relatives in same Genus
  Great Cormorant (P. carbo)
  Black-faced Cormorant (P. fuscescens)
  Little Black Cormorant (P. sulcirostris)
  Pied Cormorant (P. varius)