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Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus

  • Order: Suliformes
  • Family: Phalacrocoracidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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BNA Account Authors: Hobson, Keith A.

The Pelagic Cormorant, the smallest and most widely distributed of six cormor-ant species inhabiting the North Pacific, ranges from the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Bering Seas south through temperate waters along the North American Pacific Coast to Baja California and along the Asian coast to southern China. It is among the least gregarious or social of the cormorants, nesting on steep cliffs along rocky and exposed shorelines, either in loose colonies or far from nearest neighbors.

Although the Pelagic Cormorant is exclusively marine in habits, its name is misleading, since it prefers inshore areas. This species is a component of littoral communities and feeds primarily on solitary fish and inverebrates on the bottom. These and other aspects of its morphology and behavior qualify it as a member of the shag subfamily Leucocarboninae, according to Siegel-Causey (1988).

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Recommended Citation

Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/pelcor