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Alernative name: Galapagos Cormorant

Photo by Mpacker
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, July 2000
Nannopterum harrisi

Phalacrocorax harrisi


Up to 100 cm, a large cormorant. It is dark brown to black. The wings are reduced and look like ducks would look in heavy flight-feather moult.

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No other cormorant is expected in the area, and the wings should clinch in case of doubt.


Galapagos Islands on the coasts of Fernandina and Isabela


This is a monotypic species[1].


Rocky coasts



They eat eels and other fish, octopus, and other underwater oily animals. The young may be fed until heavier than adult.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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