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Conservation status: Green

A large and conspicuous waterbird, the cormorant has an almost primitive appearance with its long neck making it appear almost reptilian. It is often seen standing with its wings held out to dry. Regarded by some as black, sinister and greedy, cormorants are supreme fishers which can bring them into conflict with anglers and they have been persecuted in the past. The UK holds internationally important wintering numbers.

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Overview

Latin name

Phalacrocorax carbo

Family

Cormorants and shags (Phalacrocoracidae)

Where to see them

Found around the UK coastline on rocky shores, coastal lagoons and estuaries, it is increasingly being seen inland at reservoirs, lakes and gravel pits.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Fish

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-9,018 pairs41,000 birds-

Distribution

Key

In the UK
All UK

Audio

Marco Dragonetti, Xeno-canto

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