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A special nasal gland allows cormorants to fish in seawater but 'sneeze' out the salt through their nostrils.

Description: The cormorant’s body is black on top and white or rusty coloured below. In adults the white extends above the eye and the bill is yellow.

Diet: The Little Pied Cormorant is a carnivore. It eats insects as well as many aquatic animals such as fish, shrimps and crustaceans. To catch them, the cormorant dives deep under the water.

Breeding: The cormorant creates a nest of flat sticks (usually in a tree) and then lines it with green leaves. It breeds mostly in well-vegetated wetlands within its colony. Male birds often call and then bow to a female from a nest. Both parents incubate the egg and look after the young.

Did you Know?

The Little Pied Cormorant makes a low cooing during courtship.

Precinct
Australian Wetlands
Other Name/s
Little Shag
Scientific Name
Microcarbo melanoleucos
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Body Length
50–61 cm
Weight
520–1200 g
Class
Bird
Incubation
27–28 days
Number of Eggs
2–5
Distribution
Throughout Australia
Habitat
Salt and fresh water estuaries, rivers, swamps and marine areas
Region
Australia
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