Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54443

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Phalcrocoracidae
Genus:Nannopterum
Genus species:Nannopterum harrisi

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:91 cm
Identification:The flightless cormorant has stunted wings.
Diet:Carnivore: squid, octopi, eels, fish
Reproduction:Even though females lay three eggs at a time, only one chick will usually survive. Both sexes incubate the eggs. Females breed three times a year with different males.
Behavior:Because their wings are so small, flightless cormorants swim by kicking their back legs.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This is the only species of cormorant that is found in the Galapagos Islands and that cannot fly. The loss of flight is though to have occurred because cormorants have no natural predators on the islands.

Other Information

Geographic:Galapagos Islands Date:1958-1988 Subjects:upright-perching water bird
Flightless cormorant
Pelecaniformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54443