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Suliformes > Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

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Black body. Immatures have dark brown breast. Orange facial skin comes to a point and is bordered by thin white line. Smaller, longer-tailed and shorter-legged than Double-crested Cormorant. Dives underwater to capture fish. Often perches with spread wings to dry them out. Most widespread species of cormorant from Mexico south. In U.S., seen mostly in Texas.

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