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The Little Cormorant


The Little Cormorant
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-16 11:46
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The Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) is a widespread bird species across Indian sub-continent.
It breeds in freshwater wetlands and on coasts and lays 35 eggs in a nest on a tree or long grass.

This is a small cormorant, 55 cm in length. Little Cormorant is mainly glossy black in the breeding season, with white head plumes and a whitish throat. The wing coverts are silvery, and it has a longish tail. The sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner and lack the head plumes.

The Little Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface.

In China, cormorants are used in a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers and lakes. To control the birds, the fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird's throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but the birds can swallow smaller fish. When a cormorant has caught a fish in its throat, the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat and has the bird spit the fish up. Though cormorant fishing once was a successful industry, its primary use today is to serve the tourism industry.

Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Genus: Microcarbo
Species: niger

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Cormorant
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormorant_fishing

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