French: Cormoran varié German: Elsterscharbe Spanish: Cormorán pío
Other common names: Large Pied Cormorant, Australian Pied Cormorant, Pied Cormorant
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand.
Sometimes placed in genus Hypoleucos. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. v. hypoleucos
(J. F. Brandt, 1837) – Australia.
P. v. varius
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – New Zealand (North I, South I and Stewart I).
65–85 cm; 1300–2200 g; wingspan 110–130 cm. Pied bird lacking obvious crests. Adult of nominate race is black on cap just above eyes, on hindneck and rest... read more
Usually silent away from breeding colonies. Calls of male at nest include loud, guttural grunting “... read more
Mostly marine, especially in Western Australia, usually occupying sheltered waters of estuaries,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish, comprising 90% in both weight and number of prey items; also crustaceans, including prawns, shrimps and crabs, and a few... read more
Sometimes throughout year; season varies considerably with region and year, depending on local water conditions; mostly autumn or spring in... read more
Adults basically sedentary, juveniles perform fairly extensive dispersal. Inland, temporary... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread in Australia. Less affected by destruction of habitat than several other species, as prefers coastal waters or permanent... read more
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