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Pallas's Cormorant - BirdForum Opus

Skull t.png The species Pallas's Cormorant is extinct.
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Alternative name: Spectacled Cormorant

Urile perspicillatus

Phalacrocorax perspicillatus


An extinct, very large cormorant.

  • Black plumage with purple gloss on wings and green gloss on rest of plumage
  • Hair-like pale yellow feathers found on head to the upper part of the neck
  • Males have yellow spectacles
  • Bare skin on throat varies, with yellow, vermillion, blue and white being some of the colours recorded
  • White patch on lower flanks


Formerly on Bering Island (Commander Islands) and possibly on the adjacent coast of Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia).
After the island got colonised in the early 19th century the species was heavily hunted and got extinct around 1850.


This was a monotypic species.


Rocky coasts and adjacent seas.


Little is known except its diet included fish.
Reluctant to fly.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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