Australian Bush Birds
Little Pied Cormorant - Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant with its left foot drawn up against the white feathers; this is not the black thigh stripe of the similar Pied Cormorant.
Little Pied Cormorant head Little Pied Cormorant
Left. Head of Little Pied Cormorant. Right. The Little Pied Cormorant swims low in the water but the back is above the surface.
map map The Little Pied Cormorant - Phalacrocorax melanoleucos - is the smallest Australian cormorant (55 to 60 centimetres long). Short yellow bill with black borders, no bare throat skin, face blackish, white over eye to bill. Crest of short black feathers before bill. Side of neck equally divided black and white. Long tail. No black thigh stripe in adults, small stripe present in juveniles. White below (usually dirty). The similar Pied Cormorant has a black thigh stripe near leg in adults.

Flight strong, can take off and rise more steeply than other cormorants. Does not usually fly in formation. Appears to be the only Australian cormorant that soars in thermals.

Little Pied Cormorant - page 2
Lives in sheltered coastal lagoons, harbours, bays. Inland, uses small lakes, dams, billabongs, swamps, floodwaters. Follows creeks well inland. Uses dams in forest and farm country and feeds on introduced carp and redfin.

Common throughout most of Australia, including the interior after heavy rain.