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Brandt's Cormorants (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) - Buoy 12 - Coos Bay (suz)

Hundreds of Brandt's Cormorants are often seen flying in long lines, very near the water’s surface, on the way to their feeding ground. The name Cormorant is derived from the Latin words Corvus Marinus, meaning marine crow or raven. Their habit of seeking out high perches after a meal and their dark color, both reminiscent of the crow, may account for this name. Their scientific name, Phalacrocorax, comes from the Greek words meaning “bald crow.” A group of cormorants has many collective nouns, including a "flight", "gulp", "rookery", "sunning", and "swim" of cormorants.

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Coos Bay, Oregon

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  • Uploaded on July 27, 2009
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    by Suzi in Oregon