Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax carbo
Population Estimate: 1.4M - 2.9M
Range / Habitat: Wetlands throughout Europe, Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Atlantic coast of the US.
Field Notes: Large, common all-black cormorant with yellow at base of bill and white check patch sometimes extending to throat. Breeding adults have white thigh patch as in the top photo.
Personal Notes: Known as White-breasted Cormorant in sub-Saharan Africa. Known as Black Shag in New Zealand. Maori name Kawau.