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.
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
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|-||9,018 pairs||35,000 birds||-|
- In the UK
- All UK