Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Phalacrocorax auritus

These cormorants were photographed during a canoe paddle in Jacob’s Pond, MA in July, 2014.


  • 33″

Coloration Phalacrocorax auritus

  • black
  • juveniles are brownish with white feathers on the anterior side of the neck and on the breast


  • 33″



  • The top of the beak is gray with a downward pointed hook at the end
  • they have an orange patch on the underside where the beak meets the neck

Similar Species

  • the Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax can be distinguished by a white patch between the orange patch and where the beak meets the neck

Juvenile Coloration

  • a lighter brownish color with white feathers on the front of its neck down to the breast


  • flocks fly in a V formation

    double-crested cormorant swimming

  • stretches out it’s wings when perched to let the dry in the wind
  • its beak points up

    when swimming


  • ponds, lakes, sea coast, islands


  • widespread along the coast in the United States.

Please add your own cormorant sightings to our Double-Crested Cormorant range map here.

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