Little Black Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Black Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

Family: Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants, Scrub-robins, 5 species in Australia)
Size: 60-65 cm
Distribution: All of Australia except part of the inland central-west.
Status: Abundant
Habitat: Most estuarine and inland aquatic habitats
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Little Black Cormorant is not really that little, but it is smaller than the great cormorant which looks almost the same except for white patches on its cheek and the side of its hips, and some yellow under its eye.

Little Black Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Photo: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW

Little Black Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Photo: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW

Little Black Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Photo: Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW

Some Birdwatching Resources


Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke NEW: Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke. From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This includes areas such as Kakadu in the Top End and rocky gorges in the central deserts of the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, rainforests distributed along the eastern Australian seaboard, some of the world's tallest forests in Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges and deserts along the iconic Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks in South Australia, and the Mallee temperate woodlands and spectacular coastlines in both Victoria and south west Western Australia.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

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Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

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