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Magellanic Cormorant Phalacrocorax magellanicus


The Magellan Cormorant, or Rock Shag, is a marine cormorant of southern South America. It overlaps in range with other cormorants like the Imperial Cormorant, but is often found very close to shore diving for fish along the edges of kelp beds. The Magellan Cormorant can be identified by its blackish upperparts, neck, white belly, red facial skin, and white facial patch. Though rarely heard away from colonies, this species makes a deep, repetitive, groaning call.

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Recommended Citation

Magellanic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax magellanicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: