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Red-faced Cormorant - BirdForum Opus

Photo by peterday
St Paul, Pribilofs, Alaska, July 2017

Alternative name: Red-faced Shag

Urile urile

Phalacrocorax urile


71–89 cm (28-35 in)

  • Long, hooked bill
  • Long tail
  • Long, thin neck
  • Blue gular region bordered bright red onto the forehead
  • Dark greenish-blue plumage
  • White flank patch
  • Two crests on head; one on the crown the other in the nuchal area
  • Thin white neck plumes
  • Partly yellow bill
  • Brownish-black legs and feet

Young birds are dull brown but still have red face and pale bill.


Islands off northern Japan to coastal southern Alaska.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds on rocky coasts and off-shore islands. Otherwise exclusively marine.


They nest on cliff ledges, in colonies, often with Pelagic Cormorant. Their well-constructed broad nests are made from grass and seaweed.


Their diet consists of a variety of small fish, crabs, shrimps and other crustaceans. They feed mostly by pursuit-diving.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2017)

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