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Neotropic cormorant information, facts - classicanimal

Neotropic cormorant is a medium-sized bird species native to South America. Those birds are one of the large members of the cormorant family. Also, it is the only cormorant that plunges from midair into the water to catch fish. They can be found in tropical or subtropical areas in South America, their diet mainly of small fish, tadpoles, frogs, or aquatic insects. They are mostly solitary bird species, but they gather in a place during the breeding season.

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Their scientific name is Phalacrocorax brasilianus. The word 'Phalacrocorax' is a Greek word that means "bald-headed raven". They are also known as 'Olivaceous cormorant'.

Common Name: Neotropic cormorant
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Other Name: Olivaceous cormorant


Neotropic cormorants belong to the family Phalacrocoracidae and the genus of Phalacrocorax. It is a species of the cormorant bird. There are 2 sub-species in the world. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Suliformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Genus: Phalacrocorax
Species: P. brasilianus
Number of Sub-species: 2
Group: Bird
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Neotropic cormorant is found in South American regions. They are habitats such as tropical or subtropical forests.

Living Locations: South America
Habitat: Tropical, Subtropical forest


Neotropic cormorant is a medium to large-sized bird species and its whole body cover with feathers. That waterbird has a long tail and neck. Adults are commonly black with orange skin on the throat, bordered with a thin white line. Males are larger than females. An adult length around 54 cm to 64 cm and the wingspan up to 92 cm to 100 cm. Their weight around 1.1 kg to 1.5 kg. They can fly at speed of up to 55 km/h.

Color: Black
Weight: 1.1 kg to 1.5 kg (Approx)
Size: 54 cm to 65 cm (Approx)
Wingspan: 92 cm to 100 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 55 km/h (Approx)


Neotropic cormorant is mainly part of the Carnivore diet, which means they eat meats. They mostly eat fishes, insects, frogs.

Diet: Carnivore
Favorite Food: Fishes, Insects, Frogs


Neotropic cormorant has some natural predators like eaglesgulls, crows, coyotes, foxes, raccoons.

Predators: EaglesGulls, Crows, Coyotes, Foxes, Raccoons


Their lifespan up to 25 years in the wild. Neotropic cormorant is diurnal and solitary birds. But during the breeding season, they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 25 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 11 to 13 months males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 25 to 30 days. Neotropic cormorant lays one to five eggs in a breeding season. The young are called 'Chick'. Those young spend 8 weeks with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 11 to 13 Months
Incubation Period: 25 to 30 Days
Average Lay Eggs: 1 to 5
Baby called: Chick
Age of Weaning: 8 Weeks


  • The Neotropic Cormorant is the only cormorant that plunges from midair into the water to catch fish.
  • They are monogamous species of birds and breed in colonies.



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