Baking: Double-Crested Cormorant

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Phalacrocorax auritus

Length: 25-35 in Wingspan: 45-50 in Weight: 2.5-5.5 lbs

Identification:

Black bird with orange facial skin behind the bill. During the breeding season, sports a crest on either side of the head with either black or white feathers, depending on region.

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Distribution:

Found throughout North America, in summer ranging north to Alaska and central Canada, and in winter found along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf Coasts.

Cool Facts:

Double-Crested Cormorants and their relatives have less waterproof feathers than ducks; greater water absorption reduces buoyancy and increases underwater speed and agility, but back on land, cormorants must sun their feathers to dry them.

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References:

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