PORT PHILLIP BAY


Black-faced Cormorant 

Phalacrocorax fuscescens

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Pelecaniformes
Family:
Phalacrocoracidae
Genus:
Phalacrocorax
Species:
fuscescens

General Description

Body mostly black, white underneath. Bill black, eye green-blue. Body up to 70 cm long.

Biology

Black-faced Cormorants nest in colonies on islands in Bass Strait.

Habitat

Coastal bays and rocky coasts.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-western and south-eastern Australia.

Species Group

Birds Cormorants

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

70 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Near Threatened
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Black-faced Cormorant, Phalacrocorax fuscescens, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7948

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