The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo lucidus) is a large wetlands bird with a short tail. It is also known as the Great Black Cormorant.
It is black with white cheeks, throat and chest. Its feathers are glossy with some green iridescence. Its beak is grey, its eyes are green, and its webbed feet are black.
It can grow to 76-100 centimetres (30-40 inches) tall.
The Great Cormorant is found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. It likes freshwater lakes, where it feeds on fish. It dives below the surface to catch its food.
It builds its nest at the top of trees along the lake. The nest is made of sticks. Females lay 3-5 pale blue or green eggs, which hatch after 28-31 days.
[Location of photographs: Naivasha, Kenya and Tashkent, Uzbekistan]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM