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Little Pied Cormorant – Friends of Lake Claremont

Little Pied Cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Whilst the water is relatively deep one or two of these birds can often be seen resting on a stump, drying their wings after feeding. More common on the river, they roost in large numbers in Freshwater Bay. Their common diet is small fish and crustaceans, but they probably take tadpoles and toads from the lake.
Occasionally you may see the larger Pied Cormorant. Besides the size difference, the Pied Cormorant can be identified by its purer white underparts, facial colouration and black flanks.

  • Length: 57cm
  • Clutch Size: 3-4

Drawings kindly provided by Pam. Photography and text by David Free. Audio clips provided by David Secomb.