The great cormorant is a seabird with a streamlined body, which forms a cross in flight, and a powerful, hooked beak with closed nostrils. It has a long, flexible, light-colored S-shaped neck with a small pouch for food and webbed legs at the back with four toes and four claws. Its plumage, which is not waterproof, is usually black with metallic highlights.
Classification: vertebrates, birds, pelecaniformes, Phalacrocoracids
Size: up to 1 meters long
Weight: up to 4 kg
Habitat and distribution: freshwater, cosmopolitan coastal and open sea areas
Conservation status: threatened
Cormorants are chasing fish underwater by using their feet to propel themselves. They can dive for more than a minute, to a depth of about 10 meters. Unlike many waterfowl, their feathers are not waterproof, and when they return to the land, they spread them out to dry.
The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), black with a white throat, is the most common of the 30 or so species of Cormorants.
It lives in lakes, estuaries and coastlines and nests in cliffs or trees.