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Large Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) informations, facts - ClassicAnimal

Large Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) is a large-sized, waterbird species native to India. It's is the largest member of the cormorant family. It has different names in different places, like in India it's called large cormorant, in New Zealand, it's called black shag, etc. This is a widespread bird in the world. They have a large size body with a long yellow bill.


Name & Scientific Name of Large Cormorant

Their scientific name is Phalacrocorax carbo. The word 'Cormorant' comes from the Latin word 'Corvus' means 'Sea raven'. They called 'Black shag' in New Zealand, 'Great black cormorant' in the Northern Hemisphere, 'Black cormorant' in Australia.

Common Name: Large Cormorant
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax carbo
Other Name: Black shag, Great black cormorant, Black cormorant

Scientific Classification of Large Cormorant

Large Cormorants belong to the family Phalacrocoracidae. Large Cormorant is a species of the umbrellabird. Their conservation status is 'Endangered'. These species are listed on the red list on ICUN.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Suliformes
Genus: Phalacrocorax
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Group: Bird
Conservation Status: Endangered

Living locations & Habitat of Large Cormorant

Large Cormorant is found in India, New Zealand, Australia. They are habitats such as wetlands, near rivers.

Living Locations: India, New Zealand, Australia
Habitat: Wetlands, Near rivers

Physical Classification of Large Cormorant

Large Cormorant is a large-sized bird and its whole body covers with feathers. The large cormorant has a long neck with a long hooked bill. Their legs are short and black in color. Males are larger than females. An adult length around 70 cm to 102 cm and the wingspan up to 121 cm to 160 cm. Their weight around 2.5 kg to 5 kg. They can fly at speed of up to 55 km/h.

Color: Black
Skin Type: Feather
Weight: 2.5 kg to 5 kg (Approx)
Size: 70 cm to 102 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 121 cm to 160 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 55 km/h (Approx)

Diet, Prey & Predator of Large Cormorant

Large Cormorant is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meat and also plants. They mostly eat fishes. Large Cormorant has some natural predators like eagles, gulls, crows.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Fishes
Predators: Eagles, Gulls, Crows

Lifestyle of Large Cormorant

Their lifespan up to 24 years in the wild. Large Cormorant is diurnal and solitary birds. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary
Lifespan: Up to 16 Years

Breed of Large Cormorant

At the age of 2 to 4 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 25 to 28 days. Large Cormorant lay one egg in a breeding season. The young are called 'Chick'. Those young spend 10 weeks with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 2 to 4 Years
Incubation Period: 25 to 28 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 1
Baby called: Chick
Age of Weaning: 10 Weeks

Short Facts

  • Large cormorant is one of the largest waterbird species in the world.
  • They are very good swimmers.

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