Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus)

Description: These are large blackish water birds which appear to have S-shaped necks when perched. They swim with their bills lifted up and fly with a heavy wing beat and a straight neck. This species has buffy throat feathers and a blue chin patch.

Range: Along the Pacific coast of North America.

Habitat: Along the ocean coast and the littoral zone.

General: They nest colonially on sea cliffs and their large, bulky nests are made from sticks. They feed on fish and crustaceans.

References:

Bovey, Robin, Campbell, Wayne, and Gates, Brian. 1989. Birds of Victoria and Vicinity. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, Alberta.

Peterson, Roger Tory. 1990. Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds. Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, New York.

Udvardy, Miklos D. F. 1994. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region. Chanticlear Press, Inc. New York, New York.

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