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GALLERIES > BIRDS > PELECANIFORMES > PHALACROCORACIDAE > BRANDT'S CORMORANT [Phalacrocorax penicillatus]


Brandt's Cormorant Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Orange County (pelagic waters), CA
GPS: 33.5N, -118.1W, depth=-762' MAP
Date: February 28, 2016
ID : B13K0912 [4896 x 3264]

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Brandt's Cormorant Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 4, 2012
ID : B13K3737 [4896 x 3264]

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Brandt's Cormorant Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Orange County (pelagic waters), CA
GPS: 33.5N, -118.1W, depth=-762' MAP
Date: February 28, 2016
ID : B13K0911 [4896 x 3264]

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Brandt's Cormorant Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 30, 2011
ID : B13K5975 [4896 x 3264]

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Brandt's Cormorant Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 18, 2009
ID : 7C2V4770 [3888 x 2592]

Brandt's Cormorant Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Tijuana (Coronado Islands), Mexico
GPS: 32.4N, -117.2W, elev=0' MAP
Date: October 4, 2008
ID : 7C2V9230 [3888 x 2592]

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Brandt's Cormorant Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: September 11, 2008
ID : 7C2V8737 [3888 x 2592]

Brandt's Cormorant Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Morro Bay, CA
GPS: 35.3N, -120.9W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 8, 2008
ID : 5370 [3888 x 2592]

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Brandt's Cormorant Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Tijuana (Coronado Islands), Mexico
GPS: 32.4N, -117.2W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 15, 2008
ID : 6377 [3888 x 2592]

Brandt's Cormorant Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Tijuana (Coronado Islands), Mexico
GPS: 32.4N, -117.2W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 15, 2008
ID : 6383 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) is a strictly marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds that inhabits the Pacific coast of North America. It ranges, in the summer, from Alaska to the Gulf of California, but the population north of Vancouver Island migrates south during the winter. Its specific name, penicillatus is Latin for a painter's brush (pencil of hairs), in reference to white plumes on its neck and back during the early breeding season. The common name honors the German naturalist Johann Friedrich von Brandt of the Academy of Sciences at St. Petersburg, who described the species from specimens collected on expeditions to the Pacific during the early 1800s.

Brandt's Cormorants feed either singly or in flocks, and are adaptable in prey choice and undersea habitat. It feeds on small fish from the surface to sea floor, obtaining them, like all cormorants, by pursuit diving using its feet for propulsion. Prey is often what is most common: in central California, rockfish from the genus Sebastes is the most commonly taken, but off British Columbia, it is Pacific Herring. Brandt's Cormorant have been observed foraging at depths of over 40 feet.

During the breeding season, adults have a blue throat patch. This species nests on the ground or on rocky outcroppings.



                                     




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