Cormorant, Brandt bird pictures

Cormorant, Brandt bird picturesBRANDT CORMORANT
122. Phalacrocorax penicillatus. 35 inches.

Plumage, under-parts are same as above. Bill more slender and nearly straight. The young are hatched without feathers or down and the skin is nearly black.

The young for two or three months are the food supply for the larger Gulls. Like the other Cormorants breeding on these islands, they stay closely by their nests to protect them from the Gulls that are always on the watch for either the eggs or young.

Range. - Pacific coast; breeding along the whole coast of the United States.