Family Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae)


Bank Cormorant (Phalacrocorax neglectus)


French: Cormoran des bancs German: Küstenscharbe Spanish: Cormorán de bajío

Graculus neglectus


, 1855,

islands off the coast of Namibia


Sometimes placed in genus Compsohalieus. Monotypic.


Coast of C Namibia and W South Africa, from around Swakopmund to Cape Agulhas. Non-breeders recorded N to Hoanibmond (NW Namibia).

Descriptive notes

76 cm; male 1775–2425 g, female 1500–2150 g; wingspan 132 cm. Rather stocky cormorant with short erectile crest on anterior half of crown, thick neck, rather... read more


Mainly silent. Adult at nest utters a throaty plaintive, drawn-out alarm cry “rroaaauw”.


Strictly marine, occupying cold waters of the Benguela Current. Prefers inshore waters, rarely... read more

Food and feeding

Varied prey, including fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and molluscs. Across most of its range, prefers to forage on sea floor, especially... read more


Breeding activity occurs year-round but is concentrated in May–Oct in S of range, and in Nov–Apr in C Namibian colonies at N... read more


Adults are highly sedentary, and although individuals have been known to move up to 150 km, a... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Global population estimated at 8400 birds in 2006, including 2800 breeding pairs. Now breeds at 45 localities between Hollam’s Bird I, Namibia, and Quoin... read more

Recommended citation

Orta, J., Garcia, E.F.J., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Bank Cormorant (Phalacrocorax neglectus). 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 on 23 August 2019).