Little Cormorant

Little Cormorant near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name : Phalacrocorax niger 
Classification:
Kingdom  : Animalia
Phylum    : Chordata
Class         : Aves
Order        : Suliformes
Family      : Phalacrocoracidae
Genus       : Phalacrocorax
Species     : P. niger

How to identify this bird :
  • Little Cormorant is about 51 cms long and is a duck like water bird
  • It has a slender, compressed short bill sharply hooked at the tip
  • It has a long stiff tail
  • Adult breeding is all black, with a few white plumes on fore-crown and sides of head
  • Non-breeding  Little Cormorant is browner (and lacks white head plumes) , with whitish chin
  • Immature has whitish chin and throat, and fore-neck and breast slightly paler than upper parts, with some pale fringes
  • Both male and female are alike
Where do I find this bird:
  • Found in Lakes, pools, brackish lagoons and rivers.
  • Dipsites of DPS Tapi need not go too far and you can see a couple of them come to have a dip in the canal that runs next to the boundary fence of DPS Tapi. Especially during summer when there is still water in the canal.
  • Generally found singly but sometimes hunt in flocks.
  • Little Cormorant feeds exclusively on fish which it chases and captures under water.
  • It is an expert diver and submarine swimmer.
  • When it has had its fill it perches itself upright on a rock or stake near the water and dries itself with wings stretched out.
  • It nests generally between July-September.
  • The Little Cormorant nest is a twig platform made on top of trees usually in mixed colonies of egrets, storks etc,.
Local Names:

Hindi : Jograbi, Ganhill, Pan-kowwa
Tamil : Neer khagam, Kadal kagam