Little Black Cormorant – an outstanding fisherman

Little Black Cormorant

The Little Black Cormorant is a small, slim, completely black cormorant with a green sheen to the back and a slender grey hooked bill.

Little Black Cormorant habitat

It likes freshwater wetlands but can be found on sheltered coastal waters. You rarely see it outside of water habitats.

It is often seen resting on rocks, jetties, and other perches in water. The Little Black Cormorant hunts underwater by chasing up small fish or aquatic insects. Actually, cormorants work together to surround a school of fish in open water.

Little Black Cormorant distribution

It is a common bird found in the mainland of Australia, but also Tasmania, Borneo, Java, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Palau and New Zealand.

Are Little Black Cormorant endangered?

It is a very common bird and its population is stable. It is not listed as an endangered animal.

Little Black Cormorant lifespan

Little Black Cormorant can live up to 25 years.

Little Black Cormorant iconic features

One of the iconic features of Little Black Cormorant is when they rest on a rock or piece of wood to dry their wings (first picture in the gallery) which are not waterproof.

In regards to flying, they do large V-shaped formations that have hundreds or even thousands of birds. So, when they are in the air they look very spectacular.

Where spotted: Darwin, NT

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