The Double-crested Cormorant is a large water bird that inhabits waterways and coastal areas in North America from Alaska to Florida and Mexico and the Bahamas. This species of cormorant got its name from the small double crest of black and white feathers over each eye that it reveals during the breeding season. Otherwise, it is all black with a patch of orange-yellow facial skin. The Double-crested Cormorant is easily distinguishable from other water birds by its hunting and feeding habits. It swims low in the water usually with just its neck and head visible. Then it dives under the surface to catch its prey. Using its webbed feet for propulsion, it is able to dive 5 to 25 feet in 30 to 70 seconds. Since its feathers are not entirely waterproof, the Double-crested Cormorant stands for long periods of time with its wings outstretched to dry.
Exhibit: Cypress Creek Aviary