New Mexico Birds: Suliformes

 

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Phalacrocoracidae: Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

Neotrotropic Cormorants are rare in the Albuquerque area. I'm distinguishing these from the locally more common Double-Crested Cormorant (P. auritus) based on the lack of obvious yellow lores (the spaces between the beaks and eyes), the limited yellow at the base of the beak, the thin whitish fringe to the beak, and how brown the juvenile's breast is.

 

Interesting how cormorants ride lower in the water than ducks, and how they fan out their tail at the water's surface.