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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.


Weight600-1000g ♂, 800-1100g ♀

Common Names

EnglishDouble-Crested Cormorant
FrenchCormoran à aigrettes
SpanishCormorán orejudo


SpeciesPhalacrocorax auritus

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.

Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc des Rapides - 2022-10-08
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc de la Cité - 2022-07-23
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc Angrignon - 2019-09-29
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc Angrignon - 2018-10-20
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc des Rapides - 2017-09-30
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc des Rapides - 2016-10-15
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc des Rapides - 2016-09-03
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc des Rapides - 2015-09-20
Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) - Parc Angrignon - 2015-08-08

Photography Tips

Parc des Rapides is an ideal location to observe and capture stunning photographs of cormorants. At the Northern tip of the park you can descend to the river level for capturing shots of this bird in flight with a unique perspective as the cormorants use to fly stream upwards nearby. Taking photographs of cormorants is relatively easy as they tend to fly slowly and have a predictable flight pattern. However, capturing clear shots of these birds in flight does require some specialized equipment, including a long lens with a focal length of at least 400mm and a wide aperture of f/5.6 or wider. Additionally, it's important to have a camera system that can quickly focus on moving subjects.

For capturing intimate close-up shots, Parc Angrignon is a great place to visit. This park boasts several ponds that provide opportunities to encounter these birds, especially the large pond, near the entrance to the metro, is a prime spot where cormorants frequently can bee seen, pausing and preening.

Where and When to Spot

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

Parc Angrignon x x x -
Parc de la Cité - x - -
Parc de la Frayère x - - -
Parc des Rapides - x x -
Parc Île-de-la-Visitation x - - -
Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - x - -

Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.


Last updated on 2023-12-17. 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.