Neotropical Cormorant

This bird can live in fresh or salt water. The cormorant is an excellent swimmer and diver, propelling itself with its feet. This bird forages while diving, looking for small animals to eat. The cormorant does need areas to perch and sun.

Neotropical Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Habitat: Southern North America through South America; variety of habitats, usually near deep water.

Diet in the wild: Fish, amphibians, insects, crustaceans

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Capelin

Size: 25 inches long with a 39 inch wingspan; 1¾-3½ pounds

Family: Colony breeder. Female selects new mate each year.

Status: Least concern; numbers increasing

Did you know? Unlike other cormorants, the neotropical cormorant will perch on twigs and wires.

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