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Black-faced Cormorant - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mat & Cathy
Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania, Australia, September 2006
Photo © by peterday
Outer Harbor, Adelaide, South Australia July 2010
Breeding plumage
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Nora Creina nr Robe, South Australia March 2021

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Alternative name: Black-faced Shag

Phalacrocorax fuscescens


  • Black upperparts, facial skin and bill
  • White underparts
  • Black thigh patch
  • Dark grey bill
  • Blue-green eyes


Coastal southern Australia, Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait


This is a monotypic species[1].


Coastal waters; islands; larger bays; deep inlets; ashore mostly on isolated rock-stacks, remote rocky headlands.



The diet includes small coastal fish, taken at depths of up to 12 m.


They breed in large colonies on off-shore islands. They are ground-nesters, the nest being made of seaweed and grasses, on bare rock.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
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