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A photo of a Brandt's Cormorant (Urile penicillatus)
Brandt's Cormorant

Brandt's Cormorant

Urile penicillatus

Brandt's cormorant (Urile penicillatus) is a strictly marine bird of the cormorant family of seabirds that inhabits the Pacific coast of North America. It ranges, in the summer, from Alaska to the Gulf of California, but the population north of Vancouver Island migrates south during the winter. Its specific name, penicillatus is Latin for a painter's brush (pencil of hairs), in reference to white plumes on its neck and back during the early breeding season. The common name honors the German naturalist Johann Friedrich von Brandt of the Academy of Sciences at St. Petersburg, who described the species from specimens collected on expeditions to the Pacific during the early 19th century. The average size of a Brandt's cormorant is 4.6 pounds. They have a length of about 34 inches and their wingspan is 4 feet. During the breeding season, adults have a blue throat patch.
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Michael Thompson
Wednesday 24 May 2023 - 5:22pm
United States
A map showing the sighting location
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Michael Thompson
Wednesday 24 May 2023 - 3:17pm
United States
A map showing the sighting location
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Michael Thompson
Tuesday 23 May 2023 - 4:41pm
United States
A map showing the sighting location
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Nicholas Belardes
Tuesday 16 May 2023 - 8:35am
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