Great Cormorant

The Great Cormorant is a large water bird almost entirely black in plumage. The cormorant has special feathers, which enable it to swim well under water. After fishing, Great Cormorant stands with wings stretched out and it’s neck extended. It was thought that they stand in this pose to dry their wings after the dive, but now after more studies it is considered that they do this to help digestion. Great Cormorants feed exclusively on fish, which are caught by means of dives from the surface of the water. The name cormorant is derived from the Latin ‘corvus marinus’, which means ‘Sea Crow’.

Gujarati Name

મોટો કાજીયો

Scientific Name

Phalacrocorax carbo

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat


IUCN Status

Least Concern

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