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Photo © by jbpixels
Samut Songkhram, Thailand, November 2019
Microcarbo niger

Phalacrocorax niger


Photo © by obasanmi
Kumarakom, India, March 2005

55 cm
Mainly glossy black in the breeding season, with white head plumes and a whitish throat. The wing coverts are silvery, and it has a long tail.

Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner and lack the head plumes.


Asia: found in southern Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.


Formerly placed in genus Phalacrocorax.

This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeding Plumage
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June 2017

Freshwater wetlands and on coasts.



The clutch contains 2-6 eggs, though usually four are laid. The nest is made from sticks and leaves placed in bushes or trees over water in a or in reed beds or long grass.


It can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. Their diet consists of a wide variety of small freshwater fish, frogs and tadpoles.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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