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White-breasted Cormorant

Afrikaans name: Witborsduiker

White-breasted Cormorant

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Phalacrocorax lucidus

The White-breasted Cormorant is a largish bird that reaches a length of around 90 cm or more. They are much larger than the Reed Cormorant. Immature birds do not show as much white on the breast and throat as the adults.

This is a common water bird and it can often be seen near bodies of freshwater as well as along the coast line and in harbours.

White-breasted Cormorants feed mainly on fish which they chase and catch under water. They normally bring their prey to the surface before swallowing it.

The White-breasted Cormorant can be found over most of South Africa where there is water. Unsurprisingly they are not found in the drier regions of the country.

These water birds breed in colonies and are monogamous. The male collects nesting material and the female constructs the nest. Around 3 or 4 eggs are normally laid.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 31

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 189

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 189

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 12

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 1

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 14

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 11

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 7

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 40

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 24

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 50

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 64

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 64

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 17

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 23

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 26

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 38

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 38

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 52

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 56

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 105

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 3

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 102

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 26

List of South African Birds

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