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Great Cormorant



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The Great Cormorant with the scientific name

of Phalacrocorax fuscicollis is one of the members of the cormorant family. The name cormorant is derived from the Latin word corvus marinus, which means 'sea crow'.

It is commonly seen along the inlands of the Indian Subcontinent. It is one of the gregarious species found in India. So, it can be easily distinguished from the other cormorants. The quick classification of the Great cormorant is given below,

 Kingdom   Animalia 
 Phylum   Chordata 
 Class   Aves 
 Order   Pelecaniformes 
 Family   Phalacrocoracidae 
 Genus   Phalacrocorax 
 Species   Phalacrocorax fuscicollio 

Physical Characteristics:

Great Cormorant is one of the beautiful birds, which is is widely spread around the world. It has a good fishing ability. The length of this great cormorant is in the range of 80 to 100 cm. The wingspan of this bird is in the range of 130 to 160 cm. The weight of this great cormorant is 1800 to 2800 g. The life span is up to 23 years. The chin of this cormorant is black in colour and its cheeks and throat is in bare white colour.


The head is black in colour. This great cormorant has white short feathers extending broadly on the rear neck and ending on the fore neck. It has short legs which are in black colour and also have emerald eyes. It has a thin and straight bill. Both male and female great cormorant look similar. But the male cormorant is slightly larger when compared to the female cormorant. The male cormorant has a larger bill than the female. The young cormorant reaches its sexual maturity at 3 to 5 years.


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