Bank Cormorant

Phalacrocorax neglectus (endemic)

This completely dark, marine cormorant is confined to the West Coast of southern Africa, and can be told from other cormorants by its matt black plumage, steep forehead and bigger build. (The breeding male also has a white rump strip.)

We first recorded this endangered species in March 2011 while staying in Betty’s Bay, Western Cape. We spotted a group of them while visiting Stony Point, an african penguin colony in Betty’s Bay.

Bank Cormorant / Betty’s Bay, South Africa / 12 March 2011