Double-crested Cormorant

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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 20 March 2014
Scientific Name
Phalacrocorax auritus
  • Suliformes
  • Phalacrocoracidae
  • Phalacrocorax
  • P. auritus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
27.6 to 35.4 inches
45 to 48.4 inches
42 to 88 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 角鸬鹚
Czech (Cesky) kormorán ušatý
Danish (Dansk) Øreskarv
Dutch (Nederlands) Geoorde Aalscholver
Finnish (Suomi) amerikanmerimetso
French (Français) Cormoran à aigrettes
German (Deutsch) Ohrenscharbe
Italian (Italiano) Marangone della doppia cresta
Japanese (日本語) mimihimeu [ミミヒメウ]
Norwegian (Norsk) Totoppskarv
Polish (Polski) kormoran rogaty
Russian (русский язык) Ушастый баклан
Spanish (Español) Cormorán Orejudo
Swedish (Svenska) Öronskarv
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