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Double-Crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

An archaic looking bird frequently seen at Parc des Rapides. The bird is mostly black with yellow, orange bill and face displaying two crests during breeding season. No sexual dimorphism.


Aves > Suliformes > Phalacrocoracidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishDouble-Crested Cormorant
FrenchCormoran à aigrettes
SpanishCormorán orejudo

How to Identify

An all black bird with yellow to orange bill and face. The bird either stands on rocks or wood trunks, sometimes spreading out its wings to dry them or it flys up along the river, plunges into the water and dives for fishes.

Where When to Spot

I see them almost on every visit to Rapids Park Lachine from early spring to late autumn.

Parc Angrignon 3 4 2 0
Parc de la Cité 0 1 0 0
Parc de la Frayère 3 0 0 0
Parc des Rapides 0 3 3 0
Parc Île-de-la-Visitation 1 0 0 0
Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park 0 1 0 0
  7 9 5 0

Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.

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Last updated on 2023-02-13. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.