Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

Habitat: Open water and coastal areas including islands.

  • Cormorants are large, fish-eating water birds. They swim low in the water with hooked bills tilted upward. They often perch with wings half open to dry.
  • Double-crested cormorants have an orange throat pouch. This widespread species is found along the eastern coast of North America as well as inland, including the Great Lakes region.
  • Once in decline due to the effects of pesticides, the native cormorant population in the Great Lakes region has rebounded. Their consumption of large amounts of fish has created management concerns in some areas.

Learn more about Double-crested cormorants in the Great Lakes region. See: US FWS website