Imperial Cormorant Phalacrocorax atriceps

  • Order: Suliformes
  • Family: Phalacrocoracidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Agustina Gómez Laich



Diurnal, forage during the day and return to the colony at night. Nest colonially. Primarily a bottom feeder.

Sexual Behavior

Male advertisement display at the nest or nest site consists almost entirely of gargling. The display consists of a throwback of the head to the back with the bill open and an aark call is given. The tail is raised to varying degrees. Individual recognition between mated birds consist of gaping, head lowering, throat clicking and possible also allopreening.

Social and interspecific behavior

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Recommended Citation

Gómez Laich, A. (2012). Imperial Cormorant (Phalacrocorax atriceps), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.