Birds of Morni: Little Cormorant

Little Cormorant can be spotted foraging in small ponds, lakes and streams either alone or in small loose groups. It swims underwater in search of fish and perches itself with open wings on rocky-outcrops or branches of fallen trees projecting from the water  to dry itself after emerging from a dip. It is a little less than 2 feet in size and is blackish-brown with a white throat patch. The beak is whitish. The feet are webbed. It breeds during monsoon season in North India and may nest in colonies with Pond Herons and Little Egrets. It has been sighted by the Tramp in the Water-Harvesting Dams at Kambala and Bunga.

Little Cormorant, Water Harvesting Dam,Kambala, Morni Hills
Little Cormorant, Water Harvesting Dam,Kambala, Morni Hills
Little Cormorant (Photo courtesy Kuljit Bains)
Little Cormorant (Photo courtesy Kuljit Bains)