Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Propelled by its paddle-like webbed feet, the double-crested cormorant dives underwater to chase fish and snap them up in its hooked bill. Resurfacing, the bird flips the fish into the air and swallows it headfirst. Upon emerging, the cormorant stands with wings spread out to dry.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
lengthLength: 1.2 to 3 ft
weightWeight: 2.6 to 5.5 lbs
habitatHabitat: Ponds, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters
dietDiet: Fish and other aquatic animals