Neotropic Cormorant

General description.

With the posture of a ballerina, this delicate cormorant is the smallest of his species. If you lived in the South, you might see it perching a telephone pole to dry its wings. It is different than the Great and Double-crested Cormorant in that, if spooked, it will fly rather than dive.

Flight pattern.

This cormorant keeps it neck straight, rather than crooked, when in flight.

Breeding habits.

The Neotropic Cormorant lives and breeds in fresh and brackish waters along the Gulf Coast of Louisanna and Texas and south to South America.

Calls or song.

This cormorant "grunts" when it speaks.

Population and distribution.

Another idiosyncrasy of these birds is how they will line up on the shoreline in a group, and as hunters use "beaters" to flush game, the Neotropic Cormorants flap and flail their wings in order to divert their fishing prey to shallow water.

Nesting habits.

The Neotropic Cormorant builds a nest of sticks and grass in a tree or bush and lays 2-6 blue eggs.
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