We often have cormorants at Teignmouth but I have never been able to get a really good picture love this one.
The name “cormorant” applies to a large variety of birds worldwide. According to the USDA Wildlife Service, there are 30 different species of cormorants, both flighted and flightless, around the globe. The flightless cormorants inhabit the Galapagos Islands only. Many reliable sources currently place cormorants in the Pelecaniformes order of birds, which also includes gannets, pelicans, boobies and great frigates. Of course, both the numbers and the order are subject to change as scientific discoveries are made and definitions are tweaked.
According to Carolina Birds.org, “The Pelecaniformes order is in a state of flux. The order was originally defined to include birds that have feet with four web toes. Most members also have non functional nostril slits. They feed on fish or similar marine life. However, many of these species have obtained these features by convergent evolution and not because of common ancestry. At least one…
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