Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus

Length 2.8 ft (83.8 cm)
Wingspan 4.3 ft (132.1 cm)
Weight 3.7 lb (1678.3 g)
Clutch Size 3-4
Chicks at birth Altricial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The Double-crested Cormorant is widely distributed across North American. It is also the cormorant I see the most of in the S.F. Bay Area. They orange-yellow area around the bill is very distinctive. Their bill is thin and serrated. Since their feathers are not waterproof, they need to spend a lot of time drying them by spreading them open. One of the best places to see them do this is at Lake Merritt where they breed.

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