French: Cormoran des bancs German: Küstenscharbe Spanish: Cormorán de bajío
islands off the coast of Namibia
Coast of C Namibia and W South Africa, from around Swakopmund to Cape Agulhas. Non-breeders recorded N to Hoanibmond (NW Namibia).
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
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