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


Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. The 30 top bird-watching localities in and around Sydney. These birding hot spots stretch from Tuggerah Lakes on the Central Coast to Lake Illawarra near Wollongong and from the Blue Mountains in the west to some surprisingly accessible sites tucked away in the heart of the city. Each locality entry lists the key species to look out for including rare and seasonal visitors. It describes how to access the location, and what amenities to expect; maps are featured. There is also a handy list of Sydney birds, each entry providing information on the best spots to find it.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $26.51 AUD

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) Probably more expensive


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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