Pelagic Cormorant

The Pelagic Cormorant is a fascinating bird that can be found along the Pacific coast of North America. In this blog post, we will cover everything you need to know about this remarkable seabird.

Basic Description

The Pelagic Cormorant measures around 20-22 inches in length and has a wingspan of approximately 36 inches. This species is typically black or dark brown with white patches on its throat and cheeks. Its feathers are waterproof, which allows it to dive deep into the ocean to catch fish.

Where To Find This Bird

You can find Pelagic Cormorants along the Pacific coast from Alaska down through California. During breeding season, they tend to stay close to shorelines where there are rocky cliffs and plenty of food sources.


Pelagic Cormorants prefer nesting in coastal areas that have abundant prey such as small fish, crabs or shrimp for their chicks. They often choose rocky cliffs near open water because they provide shelter from predators like Bald Eagles or Peregrine Falcons. These birds also look for nesting sites close enough to dive into the nearby waters for feeding purposes.


These birds feed primarily on small fish such as herring and sand lance but will also eat squid or crustaceans when available. Since some populations migrate north during winter months while others remain resident year-round depending upon their location makes it easier for them to survive harsher times when food may be scarce due climate changes impacting local environments.

Cool Facts

One interesting fact about Pelagic Cormorants is that they’re one of only two cormorant species in North America that breeds on sheer seaside cliffs over water (the other being Brandt’s cormorant). Another notable fact is that these birds don’t have external nostrils! Instead, they have slits located at the base of their beak that allow them to breathe in air without getting water inside.

In conclusion, Pelagic Cormorants are fascinating birds with unique adaptations for marine life. From their waterproof feathers to their ability to dive deep into the ocean, these birds are truly remarkable. Keep an eye out for this species along the Pacific coast next time you’re near a rocky shore!