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.