Order Suliformes

Family Phalacrocoracidae

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  • Medium-sized to large waterbirds with elongated body, long neck and strong, hooked bill.
  • Cosmopolitan, with greatest diversity in tropical and temperate zones.
  • Stretches of open water, both coastal and inland.
  • 45-100 cm.
  • 7 genera, 35 species, 59 taxa.
  • 11 species threatened;
    1 species extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Orta, J. (2019). Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52200 on 11 December 2019).