Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

(P. c. sinensis)

Armenian Name: Մեծ ձկնկուլ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Great Cormorant

See Plate 2 for Great Cormorant and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:80-100 cm, Wing Span:130-160 cm
Distribution Map: Map 8.
Adult (Breeding): Mostly white head and white oval patches on thighs. Body black with green gloss on upperparts.
Adult (Non-breeding): Lacks green gloss and white on head and thighs.
Juvenile: Black-brown above with off-white underparts. Neck band is variable in size.
Similar Species: Differs from Pygmy Cormorant by blacker plumage and body that is about twice its size.
Behavior: Often perches on rocks or trees with outstretched wings. Flocks fly in V-formation or in straight or bowed lines. Flies with neck extended and slightly kinked.
Habitat: Lakes, marshes, rivers, and fish ponds with emergent vegetation. Concentrations of resting birds occur on lake shores.
Food: Fish.
Nest: Colonial; conical piles of reeds in emergent vegetation.
Eggs: 66 mm, 3-4, pale blue or green.