Phalacrocoracidae

Phalacrocoracidae is a Family of birds under the Order Suliformes. The Little cormorant is the commonest of this family around Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.

  • It has around 40 species of aquatic birds in this family.
  • These birds are  commonly known as cormorants and shags.
  • The Little cormorant is the most common species in this family Phalacrocoracidae.
  • The distinction between “cormorants” and “shags” is not very consistent. It seems to be assigned randomly to species within the family.
  • The majority of species have dark feather.
  • The bill is long, thin and hooked.
  • Their feet have webbing between all four toes.
  • All species are fish-eaters, catching the prey by diving from the surface.
  • They are excellent divers. Under water they propel themselves with their feet with help from their wings.
  • Some cormorant species have been found to dive as deep as 45 metres.
  • They have relatively short wings so that they can save energy under water.
  • Their short wings make them spend more energy while flying.

Click on the link below to know more about the birds of this family found around DPS Tapi.

Little Cormorant