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Cormorants – The Large Water Birds


The name cormorant might sound like a name for an insect, but cormorants are actually large water birds. Cormorants live in coastal areas or near lakes and rivers. They are usually black, brown or grayish. During the mating season, some cormorants develop brilliant white or blue patches on their throats or thighs.

Cormorant on a Rock Image - Science for Kids All About Cormorants

All about cormorants, large water birds that live in coastal areas or near lakes and rivers and are usually black, brown or grayish.

Cormorants, like most waterfowl, eat fish and shellfish. They are expert swimmers and can dive up to 100 feet deep to catch fish. They can stay underwater for more than one minute!

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Cormorant Catching a Fish Image

Cormorants, like most waterfowl, eat fish and shellfish.

Fun Facts about Cormorants for Kids

  • Cormorants build nests on rocky crags to protect their babies. Sometimes they use old blue heron nests high in trees.
  • Cormorants nest in colonies and drop their poop on trees, bushes and rocks. Because so many cormorants nest in one place, their poop can stain rocks or even kill trees!
  • Cormorant mothers and fathers take turns sitting on their eggs. Once the babies are born, their parents feed them half-eaten fish.
  • Cormorants are sometimes harmed by pollution or oil in the water.
A Cormorant Colony Nesting Image

Cormorants nest in colonies.

Cormorant Vocabulary

  1. Coastal: along the coast
  2. Brilliant: bright, colorful
  3. Waterfowl: birds that live near water
  4. Crags: cliffs or protected areas
  5. Colony: group
Cormorant Spreading its Wings Image

cormorants spread their wings out in the sun to dry their feathers.

Learn More All About Cormorants

Watch this amazing video about cormorants and Chinese fishermen:

A video of how Chinese fishermen use the cormorants to fish.

Cormorant Q&A

Question: Are cormorants useful to people?

Answer: Sometimes people don’t like cormorants because they make a big mess, but Chinese fishermen train cormorants to catch fish.


Question: Why do cormorants spread their wings out in the sun?

Answer: Some scientists believe cormorants don’t have protective oil in their feathers like other waterfowl. They might be drying their feathers.


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