Living Bird Magazine
Pelagic CormorantPhalacrocorax pelagicus
- ORDER: Suliformes
- FAMILY: Phalacrocoracidae
The Pelagic Cormorant is a small, slender cormorant of the Pacific Coast. Although it is exclusively marine in habits, its name is misleading, since it prefers inshore areas rather than the open ocean.More ID Info
- Cormorán Pelágico (Spanish)
- Cormoran pélagique (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Pelagic Cormorant uses its own guano to solidify its nest materials and to cement its nest to the cliff face.
- The Pelagic Cormorant is among the least gregarious or social of the cormorants, nesting on steep cliffs along rocky and exposed shorelines, either in loose colonies or far from nearest neighbors.
- The oldest recorded Pelagic Cormorant was at least 17 years, 10 months old when it was found in British Columbia.