Double-crested Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax auritus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Double-crested Cormorant

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant and breeder

Habitat

Large lakes, large slow rivers

Size

26 to 32 in length

54 wingspan

     
     
 

 

  Photo by Bill Reynolds
 
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Migration

Late March to mid-May and mid-September to early December

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Pelecaniformes (pelicans, tropicbirds, cormorants, and relatives)

 

Family:

Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Dark-crested Cormorant group

Bahamas Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus heuretus)

Florida Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus floridanus)

Northern Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus auritus)

White-crested Cormorant group

Farallon Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus albociliatus)

White-crested Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus cincinnatus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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A Double-crested Cormorant perched on a stump after drying off in the hot summer sun. In Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County.

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A Double-crested Cormorant perched on a log with its wings spread out drying its feathers, it lacks an oil gland that makes the feathers waterproof. It shook off the water before claiming this perch from an American White Pelican. The Cormorant faces the sun to dry off its' feathers but its' attention is on the pelican as the sun lit up its back. Taken in the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County, Mn.   Double-crested Cormorant
       

A Double-crested Cormorant near the West Pool area of The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County.

The fish was putting up a bit of a fight as the Double-crested Cormorant came up out of the water with its meal.

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The Double-crested Cormorant would turn one way then another with the fish(catfish?) in its beak also keeping an eye on other birds in the area that were flying nearby ready to take advantage of a free meal. But shortly after this shot the Double-created Cormorant swallowed this fish.

  Double-crested Cormorant
       
Bill Reynolds
       

Just about everyone of these Cormorant were too shy for the camera, so couldn't get a really good shot of them.

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  Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocoracidae: Phalacrocorax auritus)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 13, 2009

Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (13 September 2009).

   
       
  Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
Mark George
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 31, 2013

Filmed in Belize and Western Canada

   
       
  Double crested Cormorant
Residentaid
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 27, 2012

Yes, I stayed on the trail, great day to go out to the delta ponds and shoot some pictures and video. Lots of people out there walking around taking pictures and some where even painting.

   
       
  TheStar.com: Too many cormorants?
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Uploaded on Aug 22, 2008

Toronto's Leslie Street Spit has the honour of housing the largest colony of double-crested cormorants in the Great Lakes, but not everyone is happy about it. Visit thestar.com for more news, photos, videos and more.

   
       
  Double-crested Cormorant drying his wings
Lorcan Keating
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 23, 2008

This Cormorant was drying his wings. I left the area and strolled back about 30 minutes later to find him still at it.

   
       

 

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Lynn Rubey
6/19/2020

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Double-crested Cormorant perched on a stump after drying off in the hot summer sun. In Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County.

Double-crested Cormorant


Lynn Rubey
6/17/2020

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A Double-crested Cormorant perched on a log with its wings spread out drying its feathers, it lacks an oil gland that makes the feathers waterproof. It shook off the water before claiming this perch from an American White Pelican. The Cormorant faces the sun to dry off its' feathers but its' attention is on the pelican as the sun lit up its back. Taken in the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Lac qui Parle County, Mn.

Double-crested Cormorant


Lynn Rubey
5/5/2020

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

The fish was putting up a bit of a fight as the Double-crested Cormorant came up out of the water with its meal.

Double-crested Cormorant


Bill Reynolds
6/15/2008

Location: Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge

Just about everyone of these Cormorant were too shy for the camera, so couldn't get a really good shot of them.

Double-crested Cormorant


     
     
 
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