Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

Scientific Classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Pelecaniformes
Family:Phalacrocoracidae
Species:Phalacrocorax auritus
Common:Double-crested cormorant

The double-crested cormorant is a common seabird of the cormorant family. It is widely distributed across North America along inland waterways and coastal areas.

Identification

Adults

The adult male and females look alike with dark-colored plumage. Adults with breeding plumage have white, black or a black/white mix colored crests.

Immature

Juveniles have dark grey or brownish plumage.

Gallery

Double-crested cormorant
Juvenile
Groveland, California (2010)
Double-crested cormorant
Adult
Groveland, California (2010)