Texan Neotropic Cormorants

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Other than the Double-Crested, the Neotropic Cormorant is the only other North American cormorant that is commonly found in fresh water environs. Both cormorants have green eyes, but the Neotropic’s tail is longer than the Double-Crested. Breeding Neotropic Cormorants show a white chevron pattern behind the facial skin, but this can be hard to see in non-breeding birds. Most of the population of these birds stay well south of the southern USA border, even across most of South America, but they show up during breeding season in a few southern states, especially Texas, where the gulf coast hosts them year-round.

This gallery shows images of the birds I met in Texas. I’ve also met them in New Mexico at Bosque del Apache. For a visit with those birds, checkout the <Species Gallery>.

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