Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

The Neotropic Cormorant is an aquatic bird, hence it is popularly known is Costa Rica as the “Pato de Agua” or water duck. It dives underwater in search of prey, which is mostly comprise of fish, but also includes amphibians. They can be found at the sea and in rivers, sometimes accompanied by Frigatebirds or any type of egret, like the Tricolored Heron seen in the picture below. They are mostly dark in colloration with a yellow bill, and their feet are webbed, just like a duck, which is a feature that help them propel themselves while underwater.

A Cormorant spreads its water while perched on a rock. Cormorants are expert divers and catch their food underwater, but since their feathers become soaked, they are frequently found assuming this posture to dry out their feathers.
Neotropic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax brasilianus - Cormorán Tropical, Pato Chancho, Pato de Agua, Bigua
We saw this group of Cormorants coming out of the water after a productive fishing time. A Tricolored Heron is also seen on the back.

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