Cape cormorant

Phalacrocorax capensis

The Cape cormorant or Cape shag is a bird endemic to the southwestern coasts of Africa.
Cape Cormorant at Walvis Bay Cape cormorant,Fall,Geotagged,Namibia,Phalacrocorax capensis

Appearance

The Cape cormorant is an almost entirely glossy black bird, though in breeding condition it has a purplish tinge and a few white plumes on head, neck, and cloacal areas. Its gular skin is a deep orangey yellow; unusually for a cormorant, its lores are feathered. The bird's wing is about 240–280 mm in extent, and it weighs 800–1600 grams, with little sexual dimorphism.
Cape cormorant and White-breasted cormorant The Cape cormorants are on the right and coming in to land on the left. 
The Cape cormorants often occur in large flocks, flying over the sea in long lines giving them the Afrikaans name 'Trekduiker'. Cape cormorant,Geotagged,Phalacrocorax capensis,South Africa,Winter,birds,cormorants,sea birds,south africa,water birds

Distribution

It breeds from Namibia south to southern Cape Province. In the nonbreeding season, it may be found as far north as the mouth of the Congo, and also extends up the east coast of South Africa as far as Mozambique.
Cape cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis) Simon's Town harbor, Western Cape, South Africa. Apr 9, 2016. Cape cormorant,Fall,Geotagged,Phalacrocorax capensis,South Africa

Behavior

Cape shags commonly forage in flocks, taking schooling fish from mid-water, such as pilchards, anchovies, and sandeels. Its prey are typically much smaller than those of the sympatric bank cormorant.
A popular rock! A White-breasted cormorant (far right) is joined by seven Cape cormorants. The two paler ones in the middle are juveniles. Cape cormorant,Geotagged,Phalacrocorax capensis,South Africa,Winter,birds,cormorants,sea birds,south africa,water birds

Predators

Their major predators are black-backed jackals, which take the occasional adult while it is roosting, and nest-site predators such as great cormorants, eastern great white pelicans, and kelp gulls.

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Status: Endangered
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderSuliformes
FamilyPhalacrocoracidae
GenusPhalacrocorax
SpeciesP. capensis