Brandt’s Cormorant

is a seabird that is found along the western coast of North America. This species of cormorant is named after Johann Friedrich von Brandt, who was a German zoologist and botanist.

Basic Description

Brandt’s Cormorant has a black body with a bright blue throat patch during breeding season. The feathers on their back have an iridescent green sheen in the sunlight. They are medium-sized birds and can grow up to 30 inches long with a wingspan of approximately four feet.

Where To Find This Bird

Brandt’s Cormorants are found along the Pacific coast from Alaska down to Baja California in Mexico. They inhabit rocky cliffs, offshore islands, and coastal areas near estuaries or bays.


This bird thrives in environments that include rocky shores, sea cliffs, kelp forests, and offshore islands where they can find shelter and nesting sites away from predators such as gulls or eagles.


Brandt’s Cormorants mainly feed on small fish such as anchovies or smelt which they catch by diving underwater while swimming using their webbed feet for propulsion through the water.

During breeding season this bird will gather seaweed to build its nest on cliff ledges or rock formations often overlooking the ocean; creating an ideal location for fishing expeditions right outside its front door!

Cool Facts

– Brandt’s Cormorants are one of only two species that have been known to use tools (twigs) to help them snag prey.
– These birds have air sacs located under their skin which helps them stay buoyant while diving.
– Their droppings make excellent fertilizer due to their high nitrogen content which supports plant growth.
– Brandt’s Cormorants were once hunted for their feathers which were used to make hats and other garments. Fortunately, this practice is now illegal.

In conclusion, Brandt’s Cormorant is a fascinating bird with unique characteristics that have adapted perfectly to its marine environment. For those who enjoy birdwatching along the Pacific coast, lookout for these birds perched on rocky cliffs or diving gracefully into the ocean in search of food – it’s an experience not to be missed!