To make it easier to picture the double-crested cormorant or the neotropic cormorant in the wild, browse the images below.
The double crested cormorant (phalacrocorax auritus) can be found in rivers, lakes and coastlines across the united states from coast to coast, into northern Mexico, central Canada, along the Pacific coast to Alaska and north along the Canadian Atlantic coast. Because they do not tolerate cold weather well, they migrate with the seasons.
During the breeding season they get two small crests of black and white feathers on the side of their heads and the facial skin turns more orange.
The double crested cormorant swims and dives for the fish that are the mainstay of their diet. They also eat amphibins and crustaceans that they catch. They may dive as deep as twenty five feet and for as long as thirty to seventy seconds in search of prey.
Beacuse their feathers are not waterproof, you will often see them perched with wings ourspread, drying them in the sun. They spend about half of their time in this manner and the rest in the search of food.