Great cormorant

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Great cormorant
Scientific classification
P. carbo
Binomial name
Phalacrocorax carbo
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Phalacrocorax carbo

The great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds.[2] It is a large black bird which breeds in much of the Old World and the Atlantic coast of North America. There is a lot of variation in its size in different parts of the world.Weight is reported to vary from 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)[3] to 5.3 kg (12 lb).[4]

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  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Phalacrocorax carbo". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. It is also known as the great black cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the black cormorant in Australia, the large cormorant in India and the black shag in New Zealand.
  3. Ribak, Gal; Weihs, Daniel & Arad, Zeev 2005. Water retention in the plumage of diving great cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis. Journal of Avian Biology 36 (2): 89. [1]
  4. Cormorant, in Canadian Encyclopedia. [2] Archived 2017-12-15 at the Wayback Machine