Birds of the World

Phalacrocoracidae : Cormorants

Red-legged Cormorant

Phalacrocorax gaimardi

Adult on its nest - Islas Ballestas, Peru - November 2008

Red-legged Cormorants are found along the Pacific coast of South America and also have a small population on the Atlantic coast of southern Argentina.  They are a sedentary species that stays close to the shore and do not usually stray more than 300km from their breeding colonies.

Immature in front of a Peruvian Pelican - Islas Ballestas, Peru - November 2008