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  • Writer's pictureS Santosh Kumar (sukubirder)

Braggart of Bharatpur: Little Cormorant

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

(Nikon D5600, 200-500mm lens; 1/500, f/5.6, ISO250; hand-held)

Smallest of the three resident cormorants of India, Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) has a compact body with a small rectangular head on a thick neck, and black irises. The bill is shorter than that of the other two cormorants while the tail is proportionately longer. Breeding adult has an all-black glossy plumage, black chin, few white plumes on the sides of the head and a small erectile crest on the forecrown. Non-breeding bird has a brownish coat and some white on the throat. Little Cormorant is less gregarious than the other cormorants and is usually spotted roosting and foraging alone or in a loose group.

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