Australian Bush Birds
Pied Cormorant  -  Phalacrocorax varius
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The Pied Cormorant is a black and white bird with a wide black thigh stripe near the leg.
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The Pied Cormorant - Phalacrocorax varius - has black back, top of head and wings; underside and throat are white. Side of neck white; back of neck black. Pale horn coloured bill, blue eye-ring. Orange facial skin patch is brightest when breeding. Black thigh stripe near leg in adults. (Grows 70 to 80 centimetres long, span 1 to 1.3 metres).

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map map Flight is strong; wing beats are slower than the Little Pied. When travelling in numbers forms "V" pattern. Rests, roosts and nests in trees. May be alone, in small groups, or in flocks of hundreds or thousands.

Lives in marine and inland waters including deeper swamps, coastal lagoons and estuaries

Moderately common, to locally abundant, in all states except arid regions.

The similar Black-faced Cormorant has dark coloured bill, black face and lacks orange facial skin. Little Pied Cormorant has orange bill, sides of neck are nearly equally divided black and white, there is no orange facial skin and it does not have black thigh stripes.