Black-faced Cormorant

Common name
Black-faced Cormorant
Scientific name
Phalacrocorax fuscescens
Size – beak to tail
66 – 80 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
Where to find
Open coastal water and rock platforms.
As the name suggests, this species has a black face. The body is black above and white below and the wings completely black, and in size this species is mid-way between the other two black and white cormorants.

The Black-faced Cormorant favours coastal waters and may sometimes be seen resting on the rock platform at low tide. They feed mainly on fish, with some molluscs and crustaceans.