Field Notes

David Fix
62. by David Fix on July 04, 2011 at 04:08 pm

Brandt's Cormorants seen at some distance in flight can be known by their lack of neck-kink (=not Double-crested) and by their head shape. Although the head is large and heavy, the bill is sufficiently deep at the base that there is no real abrupt profile break at the forehead (=not Pelagic). This gives the head the wedge-shaped look of a door-stop. Pelagic Cormorants have such a slim bill that there is a noticeable angle at the forecrown; their heads also are so small that it sometimes looks as if they're simply pushing a headless neck in front of them.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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