PORT PHILLIP BAY


Great Cormorant 

Phalacrocorax carbo

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:
carbo

General Description

Body black with a yellow face. White patch on the lower body above the legs when breeding. Body up to 85 cm long.

Biology

Great Cormorants nest in colonies along inland waterways and wetlands. They feed mainly on fish.

Habitat

Open freshwater wetlands, swamps, and coastal bays.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Worldwide.

Species Group

Birds Cormorants

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

85 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • 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, Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7972

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