Sunday, July 27, 2014

Neotropic Cormorant

This Neotropic Cormorant is identified by its relatively small size and by the white line behind its lower mandible. Erika and I found this cormorant, on 23 February, a day we devoted to unsuccessfully searching for two rare birds, the Hook-billed Kite and Fulvous Whistling-Duck. We discovered this bird at Lake Edinburg, only to discover that the lake is closed on Sundays, making the whistling-duck search impossible.

For reasons unknown, Neotropic Cormorants greatly declined during the 1960s in the United States, but have resurged since that decade. Recently the species has been even reported in the Dakotas and elsewhere in the Upper Midwest, as well as Canada and Pennsylvania. Normally Neotropic Cormorants breed from south Texas through much of Latin America. This species is relatively tolerant of human activities and can survive diverse habitats and climates (Telfair and Morrison 2006).

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