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Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo
2013-01-01 16:20:56

The Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), known as the Great Black Cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the Black Cormorant in Australia, the Large Cormorant in India and the Black Shag further south in New Zealand, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It breeds in much of the Old World and the Atlantic coast of North America. It’s a large black bird, but there is a wide variation in size in the species wide range. Weight is documented from 3.3 pounds to 11.7...

Guanay Cormorant, Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
2012-11-07 14:49:50

The Guanay Cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvillii ), also known as the Guanay Shag, is part of the cormorant family, and it usually resides on the Pacific coast of Peru and northern Chile, however, the Argentinean population on the Patagonian Atlantic coast seems to be extinct. The major habitats of this bird appear to be shallow seawater and rocky shores. This bird’s color is similar to the Rock Cormorant. It has a grayish bill with some red around the base and the face is red with a...

Brandt’s Cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus
2012-03-22 22:57:32

Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus), is a species of marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds. It inhabits the Pacific coast of North America. Its summer range extends from Alaska to the Gulf of California. The populations north of Vancouver Island migrate south during the winter. The bird’s specific name, penicillatus, is Latin for ‘pencil of hairs,’ in reference to the white plumes on its neck and back during the early breeding season. The common name honors...

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2005-06-09 15:06:48

The Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is a North American member of the cormorant family of seabirds. This species is very common and widespread. They breed in coastal areas as well as near inland rivers and lakes, building stick nests in trees, on cliff edges or on the ground on islands. They are gregarious birds, usually found in colonies, often with other aquatic birds. Their song is a deep, guttural grunt. This bird feeds on the sea and fresh water lakes and rivers....

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2005-06-02 10:32:17

The Phalacrocoracidae family of birds is represented by over thirty species of cormorants and shags. All but three are in the genus Phalacrocorax, with the exceptions being the Galapagos Flightless Cormorant, the Kerguelen Shag and the Imperial Shag. The names "cormorant" and "shag" were originally those of the two species of the family found in Great Britain, Phalacracorax carbo (the Great Cormorant) and P. aristotelis (the Common Shag). "Shag" refers to the bird's crest. As other...

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  • A stinking tobacco.
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This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.