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    Great Cormorant

    Phalacrocorax carbo
    • ORDER: Suliformes
    • FAMILY: Phalacrocoracidae
    Basic Description

    The Great Cormorant is the most widely distributed of all the cormorants, breeding in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. In North America, however, it is restricted to just the Atlantic Coast, breeding in only a few colonies from Maine to Greenland.

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    Other Names
    • Cormorán Grande (Spanish)
    • Grand Cormoran (French)