Hi there my Steemit friends and followers!

I am coming with another episode of my Wildlife of Yucatan series. Today, I would like to introduce you to a very interesting feathered inhabitant of the Yucatan Peninsula, the double-crested cormorant.

These birds are very abundant in the small coastal town of Telchac Puerto where I lived just until recently and sometimes, it even looked like the cormorants were taking control of the area :) I took some photos of the birds so let me share them with you and also tell you something more about these majestic animals.

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Reaching up to 90 cm (35 in) in length, the double-crested cormorant is a large water bird with a massive body, long neck and distinctive hooked bill.

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Inhabiting both inland waterways as well as seaside areas, the bird is commonly found in North America and even in some parts of Central America.

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Similarly to the pelican, the cormorant also hunts fish by diving – it can actually dive up to 30 m (100 ft) to catch a fish! Unlike pelicans, however, cormorants can also actively chase their prey underwater with propulsion created by their powerful webbed feet.

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Since the birds´ wings are not completely waterproof, they often stand with their wings stretched out in the air to dry.

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The double-crested cormorants mostly feed on fish but they can also eat crustaceans and amphibians.

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I wish I took some videos of these guys too because while resting on these metal constructions, they often made very strange deep guttural noise that kind of sounds like the pig grunt. I found out they make this sound during mating or as a display of aggressive behavior. Hopefully, they were not thinking about attacking me :D

I hope you enjoyed this post and possibly also learned something new. Have a great day everyone and Steem on! :)



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