French: Cormoran de Vieillot German: Mohrenscharbe Spanish: Cormorán de Java
Other common names:
East Indies = Bengal, India
Pakistan and India S to Sri Lanka and E to Myanmar, S China and Indochina S to Java; dispersal associated with monsoons.
51–56 cm, 360–525 g; wingspan 90 cm. Breeding adult has black or brownish-black plumage, with small, often flattened, erectile crest on forecrown; in early... read more
Usually silent, except in vicinity of nest or roost. At nest, deep grunts and groans and low... read more
Chiefly occupies freshwater bodies in lowlands, including ponds, rivers, lakes, swamps, canals and... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small freshwater fish; also frogs and tadpoles. Feeds mainly by pursuit-diving. Sometimes fishes co-operatively.
Season variable with region, but mainly Jun–Aug. Colonial, sometimes nesting at high densities; often in company of other... read more
Basically sedentary; some movements related to local water conditions, including dispersal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Frequent to abundant across much of range. Censuses in Jan 1991 produced 35,876 in India, 16,731 in Sri Lanka, and 5054 in Pakistan (... read more
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