The Southern Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis) is a large seabird in the Phalacrocoracidae family of European and Asian cormorants. It is also known as the Great Black Cormorant.
The Southern Cormorant is black with white cheeks and throat. 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, with a wingspan of 121-160 centimetres (48-63 inches).
The Great Cormorant is found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The Southern Cormorant sub-species is found from western Europe to eastern Asia.
It likes coastal areas and wetlands, such as 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 a lake or river. The nest is made of sticks. The female lays 3-5 pale blue or green eggs, which hatch after 28-31 days.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM