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Little Pied Cormorant

Scientific Name: Microcarbo melanoleucos

Description: Often noted perched on the rock platforms, or more often on pier structures or moored boats, it feeds mainly on crustaceans and small fish it pursues underwater.

Cormorants control buoyancy by deliberately water-logging their plumage and are more vulnerable to chill than most other seabirds. After feeding for about half an hour, they fly to a perch where they dry, re-waterproof their feathers and warm-up, before returning to the water.

Type: Bird
Where to find: Estuary Intertidal Reef
Size: 58cm