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Distribution and Habitat:
Great Cormorants are probably the most widespread member of the cormorant family with a range that includes North America, Europe, Africa, China, India, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia. It occurs throughout most of Australia but is more numerous in the south-east and south-west. In spite of its preference for extensive areas of permanent freshwater, it is not confined to these and is often observed on coastal inlets and estuaries.

Food and feeding:
Like other cormorants, the Great Cormorant feeds predominantly on fish, supplemented in freshwater by crustaceans, various aquatic insects and frogs. The Great Cormorant is an excellent swimmer and captures its food in shallow underwater dives, normally lasting up to one minute. Underwater it swims and pursues prey using its feet, but not its wings. Outside of the breeding season small groups are formed although birds are often seen fishing alone.

Website: http://www.austmus.gov.au/factsheets/great_cormorant.htm

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  • Written Apr 14, 2005
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