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White-breasted Cormorant

Afrikaans name: Witborsduiker

White-breasted Cormorant

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Phalacrocorax lucidus

The White-breasted Cormorant is a largish bird that reaches a length of around 90 cm or more. They are much larger than the Reed Cormorant. Immature birds do not show as much white on the breast and throat as the adults.

This is a common water bird and it can often be seen near bodies of freshwater as well as along the coast line and in harbours.

White-breasted Cormorants feed mainly on fish which they chase and catch under water. They normally bring their prey to the surface before swallowing it.

The White-breasted Cormorant can be found over most of South Africa where there is water. Unsurprisingly they are not found in the drier regions of the country.

These water birds breed in colonies and are monogamous. The male collects nesting material and the female constructs the nest. Around 3 or 4 eggs are normally laid.

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References

List of South African Birds

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