Pelecanus olivaceus Humboldt, 1805, banks of the Magdalena River, Colombia. Two subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Neotropic cormorant; French: Cormoran vigua; German: Biguascharbe; Spanish: Cormorбn Biguб.
Body length of 25 in (63 cm), with a bright yellow bill, yellow cheek pouch, white band behind the lower mandible, glossy blackish plumage, black legs and feet, and males somewhat larger than females.
Occurs from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico through the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and almost all of South America.
Nests in trees near freshwater; feeds in coastal waters and in large lakes and rivers.
A social species that breeds in colonies and aggregates in flocks.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on small fish, crayfish, and other aquatic animals.
Lays three to four eggs in a crude stick-nest located in a tree, with both sexes sharing the incubation (c. 30 days) and rearing of the chick.
Not threatened. Abundant over much of its range.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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