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Double-crested Cormorant

Downy Woodpecker
Double-barred Finch

About the Double-crested Cormorant

Also known as: Florida Cormorant, White-tufted Cormorant, Farallon Cormorant

The Double-crested Cormorant is an species of seabird with a wide distribution across much of North America. They are found near water, either fresh or salt, where they hunt for fish by diving underwater.

Double-crested Cormorants have an all-black plumage. They are named for the feathers that develop into crests on either side of the head during breeding season. These crests can be black or white or a mixture of each. Both males and females develop the crests.

Double-crested Cormorants are common and widespread throughout their range. Their conservation status is Least Concern as of February 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 20 March 2014
Scientific Name Phalacrocorax auritus
  • Suliformes
  • Phalacrocoracidae
  • Phalacrocorax
  • P. auritus
Birdorable Family Waterbirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
27.6 to 35.4 inches
45 to 48.4 inches
42 to 88 ounces

International Names

  • 角鸬鹚 (Chinese)
  • kormorán ušatý (Czech)
  • Øreskarv (Danish)
  • Geoorde Aalscholver (Dutch)
  • amerikanmerimetso (Finnish)
  • Cormoran à aigrettes (French)
  • Ohrenscharbe (German)
  • Marangone della doppia cresta (Italian)
  • mimihimeu [ミミヒメウ] (Japanese)
  • Totoppskarv (Norwegian)
  • kormoran rogaty (Polish)
  • Ушастый баклан (Russian)
  • Cormorán Orejudo (Spanish)
  • Öronskarv (Swedish)