Double-Crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

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Physical: Cormorants reach from 78-89  body and neck, a hooked mandible, and short legs.

Habitat: P. auritus live on lakes, rivers, swamps, and along the coast.  They occur from Long Island south, and on the Gulf Coast to Texas.

Feeding: Double Crested Cormorants consume fish, and occasionally amphibians and smaller crustaceans.

Breeding: P. auritus lay 3-5 chalky pale blue-green eggs in a platform of sticks or seaweed on the coast.  The nest is in a tree or otherwise elevated.  Breeding grounds range New Foundland south to Mexico and the Bahamas.

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