Crowned Cormorant

Recognisable by their iconic red eyes and glossy coat, these beautiful birds are often spotted feeding on the wide variety of local fish-life close to the Dyer Island shoreline.

Written by edna, May 22 2012

Crowned Cormorant

Recognisable by their iconic red eyes and glossy coat, these beautiful birds are often spotted feeding on the wide variety of local fish-life close to the Dyer Island shoreline.

Conservation information

Conservation status: Near Threatened

These birds face threats such as entanglement by fishing gear, other forms of pollution and seal predation at islands. Crowned Cormorants are also vulnerable to human influence, with coastal development and higher concentrations of people in their breeding areas posing a threat.

Photographer advice

Crowned Cormorants can be seen in Kleinbaai Harbour, so have your camera ready during the launch and one might be able to capture this charismatic species. They can also be seen in Sponge Bay (on Dyer Island) as well as on Geyser Rock every so often, a longer lens is recommended (300mm or larger).  

Frequently Asked Questions

How many species of Cormorant can we see on your tours?

We have 4 different species of Cormorant in the area. The Crowned Cormorant, the Cape Cormorant, the White Breasted Cormorant and the Bank Cormorant. The Crowned is the smallest of the four and has red eyes, with an orange face.

Fun Fact: Cormorants have feathers which are not fully waterproof. This means that after diving, they must air out their wings to ensure they are not weighed down.

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