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Breeding plumage in a courting pair
Photo by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, 24 July 2015
Phalacrocorax fuscicollis


63 cm (24¾ in)

  • Black
  • White neck plumes
  • Whitish throat
  • Silver wing coverts
  • Long tail
  • Slender bill

Sexes are similar; non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner and lack the neck plumes.

Photo by Andrew S
Yala, Sri Lanka, November 2003


Asia Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka


This is a monotypic species[1].


Freshwater and marine wetlands, including lakes, rivers and mangroves.



The clutch consists of 3-6 eggs which are laid from July to February. They nest in trees.


Photo by drkishore
Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur, India, July 2014

Diet includes a wide variety of fish. They mainly feed by pursuit-diving and can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in more shallow water in groups.


  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/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. The Beauty of Birds.

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