French: Cormoran africain German: Riedscharbe Spanish: Cormorán africano
Other common names: Reed Cormorant
J. F. Gmelin, 1789,
Often considered conspecific with M. coronatus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. africanus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – sub-Saharan Africa from Mauritania and Senegal E to Sudan and Eritrea and S to South Africa.
M. a. pictilis
Bangs, 1918 – Madagascar.
50–60 cm; 435–685 g; wingspan 80–90 cm. Small, short-billed and long-tailed. Plumages rather confusing because of seasonal, age-related and individual... read more
Little information. At roost birds emit bleating chorus of “a-a-a-a-a-a” sounds.
Mainly inland waters: slow-flowing rivers, lagoons, swamps, ponds and even alkaline lakes. Also... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish up to 20 cm in length, and usually of 3–4 g: cichlids, especially dwarf bream (Pharyngochromis darlingi) at L... read more
Season variable with region, laying recorded in all months, and in seasonal areas usually with distinct peaks, e.g. Oct–Apr in South... read more
Essentially sedentary, with major irregular movements related to changes in local water conditions... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common throughout much of range; general trend of decrease. Estimated minimum of 21,000 pairs in W Africa in mid 1980s... read more
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