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Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Neotropic Cormorant

  • Order: Suliformes
  • Family: Phalacrocoracidae


Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Laguna Atascosa NWR, Texas; 18 February 2009 © Christopher L. Wood

The Neotropic Cormorant, as implied by its common names, is the only species of cormorant that can be found in just about every aquatic ecosystem in the Neotropics from just above the Tropic of Cancer to Tierra del Fuego. It can often be identified by range alone, but when overlapping with other species in the northern and southwestern portions of its range, it is obviously the smaller species. Its habitat ranges from coastal marshes, large rivers to small streams, cochas, mangroves, high elevation Andean lakes, up to 5000m, and extensive marshlands. Due to its catholic habitat preferences, the Neotropic Cormorant has an equally diverse diet, including marine and freshwater fish, crustaceans, frogs, tadpoles and aquatic insects.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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