February 14, 2015 – Great Cormorant, Great Black Cormorant, Black Cormorant, Large Cormorant, or Black Shag (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Requested by: gepwin

Found along coastal areas around the world, particularly in Europe, Great Cormorants nest along rocky shores and cliffs to protect their young from predators. They also nest in trees, which are eventually killed by the birds’ droppings. Like all cormorants, the Great Cormorant feeds entirely on fish, diving under the water and grabbing them in its hooked beak. Considered competition for fisherman, Great Cormorants were hunted to near extinction, but conservation since the early 20th century has allowed them to become the most widespread cormorant species in the world.