Baking: Neotropic Cormorant

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Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Length: 20-25 in Wingspan: 40-45 in Weight: 2-4 lbs

Identification:

Black bird with narrow white “v” behind bill. During breeding season, orange facial skin around bill, and white tufts on cheeks.

neotropic_cormorant

Distribution:

Resident from southern South America to Mexico and southern Texas, with range expanding into southwestern US.

Cool Facts:

The Neotropic Cormorant is one of two freshwater cormorants in North America, and the only cormorant to attempt plunge diving for fish; unlike its cousins the boobies, however, this species only risks dives from half a meter, and typically has a very low success rate.

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