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

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

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

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

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 - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 56

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

List of South African Birds

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