Conservation Status: IUCN Least Concern
Description: Long-necked diving bird with dark brown to black plumage and yellow face skin. During the breeding season, their eyes and the skin inside their mouths turn a bright blue, and they have white plumes of feathers on either side of their head, which is where the “double-crested” in their name comes from.
Play Double-crested Cormorant call:
Where to find them: Near bodies of fresh and saltwater all across the United States and on the coasts of Mexico and the Caribbean. Can often be seen standing at the edge of the water with wings outstretched.
- Unlike many of the other waterbirds we care for, Double-crested Cormorants do not have fully waterproof feathers. This unique feature allows them to swim and dive more effectively and is why they stand with their wings outstretched, drying.
Threats: Fishing gear, harmful algal blooms
How YOU can Help: Fish responsibly and clean up any fishing gear that is left out.
Audio clip from www.xeno-canto.com Recorded by Bruce Lagerquist XC638603
Additional photography courtesy of Thomas Barber, Scott Jack, and Patrick Coughlin