Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax olivaceus) - HBW 1, p. 343
French: Cormoran vigua
Spanish: Cormorán Biguá
Other common names: Olivaceous/Bigua/Brazilian Cormorant; Mexican Cormorant (mexicanus)
Taxonomy: Pelecanus olivaceus Humboldt, 1805, banks of the Magdalena River, lat. 8° 55' N, Colombia.
Original name for species P. brasilianus recently revived, but acceptance and usage of olivaceus widespread, and former may be best considered forgotten name. Sometimes placed in genus Hypoleucos. Two subspecies normally recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- mexicanus (Brandt, 1837) - NW Mexico and C America, S USA, Bahamas and Cuba.
- olivaceus (Humboldt, 1805) - Panama to Cape Horn.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 53 videos
A bird on a trunk Locality Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina (ssp olivaceus)
Anna Motis 28 August 2004 7 years ago 21 sec 3.5
A pair displaying before copulating Locality Peru (ssp olivaceus)
Max Roth 31 March 2001 8 years ago 13 sec 3.5
several birds on the lagoon. Locality Garzón Lagoon, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 27 February 2012 1 year ago 24 sec 3.3
A close view of a bird panting. Locality Girardot, Cundinamarca Department, Colombia (ssp olivaceus)
Pere Sugranyes 25 November 2007 4 years ago 19 sec 3.3
A bird diving Locality Arica, Arica and Parinacota Region, Chile (ssp olivaceus)
Josep del Hoyo 19 October 2003 8 years ago 6 sec 3.3
A group on a wooden platform with a Peruvian Pelican Locality Punta Ronca, Valdivia Province, Los Ríos Region, Chile (ssp olivaceus)
Josep del Hoyo 9 October 2003 8 years ago 19 sec 3.3
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Bird preparing to fly.
Locality Laguna del Diario, Maldonado, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 22 December 2012 50 weeks ago 3.5
Fish in bill
Locality Pantanal, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (ssp olivaceus)
Ian Barker 7 June 2010 2 years ago 3.5
A bird swimming in Valparaiso Bay, Chile.
Locality Valparaiso, Valparaiso Region, Chile (ssp olivaceus)
Patricio Mackenzie 6 November 2010 3 years ago 3.5
Drying its wings after a dive in the pond.
Locality San Blas, Nayarit State, Mexico (Northern) (ssp mexicanus)
Ken Havard 2 March 2005 3 years ago 3.4
A bird resting.
Locality Iquique, Tarapacá Region, Chile (ssp olivaceus)
Patricio Mackenzie 18 July 2010 3 years ago 3.4
Immature bird on the boardwalk wooden handrail
Locality Port Aransas Birding Center, Port Aransas, Nueces County, Texas, USA (United States) (ssp mexicanus)
Erik Breden 27 August 2009 3 years ago 3.4