Great Cormorant
White-breasted Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo lucidus

Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Lake Elemeniata, Nakuru County, Kenya. October 2016.

From Wikipedia: As its name suggests, the 80–100 cm long white-breasted cormorant has a white neck and breast when adult, and the white area tends to increase as the bird becomes more mature. The white-breasted cormorant is the only form of great cormorant found in Sub-Saharan Africa, the only form that has strictly freshwater populations and the only form with a white breast and throat; it does however interbreed freely with dark-breasted forms in central Africa.

Phalacrocoracidae -- Cormorant Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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