Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54442

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiiformes
Family:Phalacrocoracidae
Genus:Phalacrocorax
Genus species:Phalacrocorax albiventer

Animal Characteristics

Identification:The king cormorant has black feathers, a long hooked bill, a long thin neck and tail, and their gular area is pointed and yellow. The king cormorant has a white patch on its flank.
Habitat:Coastal and freshwater areas
Diet:Carnivore: fish, aquatic invertebrates
Reproduction:Each brood consists of 3-4 eggs that are incubated for 29-31 days before hatching. The chicks fledge at 50 days of age.
King cormorants nest in well-spaced colonies.
Behavior:Crowded colony conditions and the fact that king cormorants are very unsteady on land is the reason they have very complex behaviors. An adult leaving the nest must let its neighbors know that it is leaving by opening its mouth and displaying its colored mouth and tongue. Each species uses its own set of distinct displays for take off, landing, courtship, and other events.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The expandable throat area is not used to capture fish, but rather it helps to position fish for swallowing, is used as a signaling device, and helps to cool down these primarily dark feathered birds.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Europe
Central Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Eastern Central North America
Date:1976-01 Subjects:King cormorant
upright-perching water bird
Phalacrocorax
Cormorants
Pelecaniformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54442