Graeme Chapman - natural history photographer - ornithologist

Australian Birds

Little Pied Cormorant
Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
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Wandering around Australia you are more likely to come across a Little Pied Cormorant before you see any of the others - they seem to be everywhere, just the odd bird or two even on the smallest farm dam out in the back of beyond. There is a reason for this, it's where they find yabbies, one of their favourite foods. When I think of all my sightings over the years, it has nearly always been of a single bird. According to the books, in times of plenty large flocks congregate but I have never seen this.

When nesting, they do assume a breeding plumage which is fairly subtle - the bill becomes more orange and there is a short black crest on the forehead. (see picture #100208D). They build a stick nest in a tree or shrub, often in colonies.

Photo: 100003

100003 ... Little Pied Cormorant.

Photo: 100201

100201 ... Little Pied Cormorant

Photo: 100202

100202 ... Little Pied Cormorant

Photo: 100203-D

100203-D ... Little Pied Cormorant

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