Double-crested Cormorant

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Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus
Propelled by its paddle-like webbed feet, the double-crested cormorant dives underwater to chase fish and snap them up in its hooked bill. Resurfacing, the bird flips the fish into the air and swallows it headfirst. Upon emerging, the cormorant stands with wings spread out to dry.
Fact file:

Length: 1.2 to 3 ft

Weight: 2.6 – 5.5 lbs

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters

Diet: Fish and other aquatic animals

Current Range: North America