Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
aka White-breasted Cormorant

Great Cormorants are very large, 40" (100cm) birds. Predominantly black, with white cheeks, throat and foreneck. It has bright emerald eyes and the skin beneath the eyes is orange (male) or red (female). The bill is horn-coloured, with the lower mandible white at the base. The tail is short. The fully webbed feet are black. When breeding, the thighs develop white patches and the black plumage gains a green gloss. The bill turns completely horn-coloured.

Great Cormorants are seen on their own, but more regularly in vast flocks, perched on rocks or branches on lake shores.

Great Cormorants eat fish and frogs, swimming at speed, to considerable depths, using their fully webbed feet.

Great Cormorants are seen around most of the large freshwater lakes of Kenya, notably Victoria, Navaisha, Nakuru and Turkana. Also seen around smaller lakes, right down to coastal regions, including estuaries.

Extra Great Cormorants Facts
Great Cormorants are used by some people, for fishing. A long string is placed around the neck of the Cormorant and tied tight enough to stop the bird swallowing. The fisherman prises open the bird's bill to release the fish.

Photographed at Kenya's Lake Victoria.

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Great Cormorants ~ Gazing To Sea

Great Cormorants on a rock, gazing across Lake Victoria.

Great Cormorant ~ by Nest

A Great Cormorant, perched beside a nest in a tree in Kenya's Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria.

Great Cormorant ~ & Reed Cormorant Comparison

Great Cormorant and Reed (Long-tailed) Cormorant photographed together, for comparison.

Great Cormorant ~ "Whoopsie"

Comical photograph of a Great Cormorant defecating in a stream-like manner.

Great Cormorant ~ Drying Wings

Cormorant standing with wings outspread, to dry feathers and regulate temperature.