Much smaller than the Great Cormorant, Kenya's only other cormorant. The Long-tailed Cormorant or Reed Cormorant mostly prefers inland waters; slow-flowing rivers lakes swamps and ponds but is also found along coasts.
This is a small cormorant at 50-55 cm length and an 85 cm wingspan. It is mainly black, glossed green, in the breeding season. The wing coverts are silvery. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow.
The Long-tailed Cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface. A wide variety of fish are taken.
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