Reed Cormorant

Phalacrocorax africanus

This short-billed, long-tailed cormorant is easy to identify in its usual freshwater habitat, however, if seen near the sea it can be easily confused with the crowned cormorant. Its smaller size and longer more graduated tail tells it apart.

We first recorded this species in March 2010 on the Amersfort / Utaga Bridge in Wakkerstroom, Moumulanga.


Reed Cormorant / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Reed Cormorant / Kololo Game Reserve, South Africa / 23 November 2013 Reed Cormorant / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / October 2019 Reed Cormorant / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 21 November 2014 Reed Cormorant / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / October 2019 Reed Cormorant / Marivale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 15 August 2014 Reed Cormorant / Zibula Colliery (near Secunda), South Africa / June 2018 Reed Cormorant / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 21 November 2014 Reed Cormorant / Pretoria Botanical Gardens, South Africa / 01 August 2010 Reed Cormorant / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, South Africa / 23 January 2012 Reed Cormorant / Mankwe Dam, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa / 03 August 2013 Reed Cormorant / Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa / 02 October 2010 Reed Cormorant / Knysna, South Africa / 10 July 2011
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