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Pelagic Cormorant

Pelagic cormorant
Scientific classification
Phylum: Chordata
Binomial name
Phalacrocorax pelagicus

The Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus ) is a small (25"-29") member of the cormorant family found on the coasts of the northern Pacific .

It is a black-bodied seabird with a metallic gloss. Its facial skin is a vivid magenta.

It is distinguished from other cormorants in the region by its small head and much thinner bill. Also, it is the only cormorant in its region that has conspicuous white patches on its flanks during breeding season.

This bird feeds by diving into wild seas and surf near boulders.

The Pelagic Cormorant's USA range includes the Pacific shore from Alaska to Baja, Mexico[?].

Other names: Baird's Cormorant.

Phalacrocorax: Latinized Greek for phalakros (bald) and kora (raven); pelagicus: Greek for that which pertains to the sea.

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