Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Check out Australia Zoo’s Great Cormorant!

Here at Australia Zoo, there’s a bird that can dive as deep and swim as fast as a fish. Introducing the incredible great cormorant! Don’t miss all of the water bird action that unfolds during the Wildlife Warriors show, in our world-famous Crocoseum.

 

Great Cormorant taking off for flight from a rock.

 

Great cormorants are the most widely spread of all water birds. Their range includes North America, Europe, Africa, China, India, south-east Asia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and even New Zealand.

 

Great Cormorant swimming in the water.

 

These aquatic predators are carnivorous and feed on fish, crustaceans, frogs and insects. Great cormorants lack the water-resistant coating on their feathers that many other birds have, giving them amazing ability to dive under the water in pursuit of their prey! And just to top it off, they can hold their breath for up to one minute. Crikey!

 

Great Cormorant flying above the water with claws dragging in the water.

 

Great cormorants are a thriving species that can be spotted in flocks ranging from 2,000 individuals all the way up to 20,000! They are a species of least concern.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Phalacrocorax

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    carbo

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    70 - 90 centimetres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    2.6 - 3.7 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Carnivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    30 days