An immature Long-tailed (or Reed) Cormorant perching

An immature Long-tailed (or Reed) Cormorant perching
Species: Long-tailed Cormorant   Microcarbo africanus
Subspecies: africanus
Author: Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Added to IBC: 20 Apr 2019 - 10:58
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Altitude (m): 
287 meters


Long-tailed Cormorants, also called Reed Cormorants (Microcarbo africanus) are a common resident of inland waters in Southern Africa.  They eat mainly fish, but also take frogs and some insects and plants.  This immature Reed cormorant was perching on a dead branch at the Lower Sabie Causeway in Kruger National Park.

Submitted by Greg Baker on
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This is an immature rather than an adult in non-breeding plumage.

Submitted by Bob Humphries a... on
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Thanks Greg - I've amended the post.

Kind regards


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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1578764. Accessible at

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Bob Humphries and Sally Robinson, IBC1578764. Video of Long-tailed Cormorant Microcarbo africanus at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accessible at

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