Phalacrocorax pelagicus Pallas, 1811, eastern Kamachatka and the Aleutian Islands. Two subspecies.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Baird’s cormorant, pelagic shag; French: Cormoran pйlagique; German: Meerscharbe; Spanish: Cormorбn Pelбgico.
Body length of 22 in (56 cm), with a dark bill, red cheek pouch and throat patch, glossy blackish plumage, and black legs and feet.
Occurs along the Pacific coast of North America, from the top of Baja California through to northwestern Alaska, across the Aleutians to eastern Siberia, and south to northern Honshu Island, Japan, plus most Beringian waters in between.
Nests on cliff-ledges and in trees and feeds in coastal waters.
A social species that breeds in colonies and aggregates in flocks.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on small fish, squid, and crustaceans.
Lays three to four eggs in a crude nest, with both sexes sharing the incubation (c. 31 days) and rearing of the chick.
Not threatened. Abundant over much of its range.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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