Brandt’s Cormorant


(Urile penicillatus - formerly Phalacrocorax penicillatus)

Common all along the west coast, Brandt’s Cormorant tends to congregate in large groups on open headland rocks, unlike Pelagic Cormorant which prefers high narrow cliff ledges and is usually seen solitary or in small groups of five or fewer. It has a small lighter area behind the bill and, unlike Double-crested Cormorant,  no orange on the face.

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