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Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo   

Cormorant Skarv Aalscholver Merimetso Grand Cormoran Kormoran
Cormorano Storskarv Cormoran grande Storskarv

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Amchitka (Kenyon's) Cormorant Amchitkaskarv Phalacrocorax kenyoni
Antarctic Shag Antarktisskarv Phalacrocorax bransfieldensis
Auckland Islands Shag Aucklandskarv Phalacrocorax colensoi
Band-tailed Gull Skarvmåke Larus belcheri
Bank Cormorant Benguelaskarv Phalacrocorax neglectus
Black-faced Cormorant Tasmanskarv Phalacrocorax fuscescens
Bounty Islands Shag Bountyskarv Phalacrocorax ranfurlyi
Brandt's Cormorant Blåhakeskarv Phalacrocorax penicillatus
Bronze Shag Bronseskarv Phalacrocorax chalconotus
Campbell Islands Shag Campbellskarv Phalacrocorax campbelli
Cape Cormorant Kappskarv Phalacrocorax capensis
Chatham Islands Shag Chathamskarv Phalacrocorax onslowi
Crowned Cormorant Kronskarv Phalacrocorax coronatus
Crozet Shag Svartkinnskarv Phalacrocorax melanogenis
Double-crested Cormorant Totoppskarv Phalacrocorax auritus
European Shag Toppskarv Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Flightless Cormorant Galapagosskarv Phalacrocorax harrisi
Great Cormorant Storskarv Phalacrocorax carbo
Guanay Cormorant Guanoskarv Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
Heard Island Shag Hvitvingeskarv Phalacrocorax nivalis
Imperial Shag Knoppskarv Phalacrocorax atriceps
Indian Cormorant Bengalskarv Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
Japanese Cormorant Japanskarv Phalacrocorax capillatus
Kerguelen Shag Kerguelenskarv Phalacrocorax verrucosus
Little Black Cormorant Lagfiskeskarv Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Little Cormorant Orientdvergskarv Phalacrocorax niger
Little Pied Cormorant Kortnebbskarv Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Long-tailed Cormorant Langhaleskarv Phalacrocorax africanus
Macquarie Shag Flekkfotskarv Phalacrocorax purpurascens
Neotropic Cormorant Flodskarv Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Pallas's Cormorant Brilleskarv Phalacrocorax perspicillatus
Pelagic Cormorant Beringskarv Phalacrocorax pelagicus
Pied Cormorant Australskarv Phalacrocorax varius
Pitt Island Shag Svarthalsflekkskarv Phalacrocorax featherstoni
Pygmy Cormorant Dvergskarv Phalacrocorax pygmeus
Red-faced Cormorant Rødmaskeskarv Phalacrocorax urile
Red-legged Cormorant Rødfotskarv Phalacrocorax gaimardi
Rock Shag Magellanskarv Phalacrocorax magellanicus
Rough-faced Shag Vorteskarv Phalacrocorax carunculatus
Socotra Cormorant Araberskarv Phalacrocorax nigrogularis
South Georgia Shag Sørgeorgiaskarv Phalacrocorax georgianus
Spotted Shag Hvithalsflekkskarv Phalacrocorax punctatus

                  On a hot summerday on the Swedish Westcoast we were lucky to have this cormorant coming.



Just like us, it likes to dive and swim in the water, but just as soon
it comes on land again, taking sunbaths and drying its wings..

On our Iceland-trip 2004 we were also lucky to meet the Cormorant again,
here on one of the many cliffs along the shore of the Eastern Coast.

16 Cormorants lined up in the sunshine.

...and here a close-up of the Cormorants on the cliff above.

Typical place for their nests, in top of trees. This one from Denmark.
Photo: © Klaus Bjerre   www.kbphoto.dk

The Cormorant

We have always thought a cormorant was a cormorant. So when starting to make this page, we looked it up
in our Encydlopedia. This is what it said: 'Cormorant a type of seabird. See pelican (!!!)'

We don't have Pelicans in Norway, and neither there are any on Iceland as far as we know.
But who said we couldn't learn more?

Looking up under Pelican we fould the following info:
'Cormorant genus of diving sea birds Phalacrocorax family Phalacrocoracideae.
The common cormorant P carbo is black, glossed with bronze; it feed voraciously,
and in the East is trained to fish for its owner, a cord round the neck preventing it
swallowing the catch. The very similar shag P graculus is glossed with green.

The cormorant birds are then sent out into the water to catch the fish. Each bird is on a leash,
and it requires particular skill by the Usho to prevent the leashes from becoming entangled
as the birds dive repeatedly for their catch. The leash is attached to a small metal ring that is
attached around the base of the cormorant's neck.
© Yamasa Institute

To the same kind of birds, Pelecaniformes, are also the common pelican, of course,
the frigate bird, the gannet and the solan goose, Morus bassana. The latter
is said to be able to dive vertically, using the same 'variable geometry' of wing employed
by the Tornado aircraft, whatever that is....'
Above text from Hutchinson Factfinder, Concise Encyclopedia, 1986

 Cormorant fishing in Japan

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