Emerald Forest Aviary
Florida cormorants breed across North America, as far north as southern Alaska. They winter in North America as far south as Sinaloa, Mexico, and are common on marine and inland waters throughout their range.
A large waterbird with a stocky body, long neck, medium-sized tail, webbed feet and a medium sized hooked bill. BL: 70–90 cm (28–35 in); Wingspan 114–132 cm (45–52 in); Wt: 1200–2500 g (42.36–88.25 ounces). Males and females do not display sexual dimorphism. Plumage is dark-colored with bare super-loral skin and gular skin that is yellow or orange. An adult in breeding plumage will be mostly black with the back and coverts being a dark grayish towards the center. Nuptial crests, for which the species is named, are white, black or a mix of the two. These are located just above the eyes with the bare skin on the face of a breeding adult being orange. A non-breeding adult will lack the crests and have more yellowish skin around the face. The bill of the adult is dark-colored. The plumage of juvenile Florida Cormorants is more dark grey or brownish. The underparts of a juvenile are lighter than the back with a pale throat and breast that darkens towards the belly. As a bird ages, its plumage will grow darker. The bill of a juvenile will be mostly orange or yellowish.