Smallest of the cormorants found in the region. Parker — from London’s Museum of Natural History, which provided feathers for the research — points out that the feathers’ structure provides just enough protection to keep the birds dry to the depths they tend to reach, with very little extra margin. One of the side-effects of nesting together as a colony is the volume of droppings, which over time kills the breeding trees. Alternately, humans also spot these birds resting on rocks, buoys, and other areas close to the water. The Little Pied Cormorant is black above and white below. The entire body is black in the breeding season but the plumage is brownish, and the throat has a small whitish patch in the non-breeding season. The great cormorant, known as the black shag in New Zealand and formerly also known as the great black cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the black cormorant in Australia, and the large cormorant in India, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. The crest becomes inconspicuous and a small and well-marked white patch on the throat is sometimes visible. Unfortunately, many species of cormorants are subject to less harmonic interaction nowadays. This, of course, depends on the species, as there are some species zoos have never kept, and we know very little about them. The Oriental darter is a water bird of tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia. It has a bare patch of orange-yellow facial skin. [6] A study in Bangladesh found them to breed from May to October. The nest is built in about two weeks. The Antarctic shag, sometimes referred to as the imperial cormorant, king cormorant, imperial shag, blue-eyed shag or Antarctic cormorant, is the only species of the cormorant family found in the Antarctic. Any cormorant species should have a water source easily accessible, preferably deep enough to dive and swim. OF ZOOLOGY , ST.JOSEPH’S … It was later included with the other cormorants in the genus Phalacrocorax but some studies place the smaller "microcormorants" under the genus Microcarbo. In future work, the team will study the feathers of birds that can dive even deeper than cormorants, including penguins and auks. Its closest relative is the Otago shag of South Island. Towards the west of the Indus River valley, its range can overlap with vagrant pygmy cormorants (Microcarbo pygmaeus), which can be difficult to differentiate in the field and are sometimes even considered conspecific. Different species make their homes in different areas. While resting, they clean their feathers and stretch their wings out in the sun. To further aid in capturing slippery fish, cormorants have long beaks that have a sharp hook at the end. It is not found in the Himalayas, but vagrants have been seen in Ladakh. The Indian cormorant has a narrower and longer bill which ends in a prominent hook tip, blue iris and a more pointed head profile. Cormorant breeding colonies are now widely distributed across Britain & Ireland. Breeding adults have white plumes on the sides of the head. The red-legged cormorant also known as the red-legged shag, red-footed cormorant, red-footed shag, Gaimard's cormorant and grey cormorant, is a resident of the coastline of South America. Read on to learn about the cormorant. Seen singly or in small groups in inland water bodies. The Australian pied cormorant, also known as the pied cormorant, pied shag, or great pied cormorant, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. 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