Great Cormorant

General description.

The "Great" is a large cormorant and, in addition to the distinguishing white throat and yellow chin patch, sports white thigh patches during breeding season.

Juvenile appearance.

The young "Great Cormorant" is dull brown with a lighter neck and a white belly.

Breeding habits.

This cormorant breeds on the rocky cliffs of the Atlantic Coast from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia south as far as Maine.

Calls or song.

An unmelodic grunt.

Population and distribution.

The Great Cormorant winters south only as far as New Jersey. Its numbers have increased in recent decades, and this bird is a familiar sight on jetties along the shore.

Nesting habits.

The female lays 3-4 chalky blue-green eggs in a nest made of sticks and seaweed.
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