Pied Cormorant (species: Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) varius) in Gaagal Wanggaan NP (Gaia Guide)
Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) varius
Pied Cormorant

©Tony Wills: Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) varius)

©Glen Ferguson: Phalacrocorax varius

©Michael Jefferies: Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) varius)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Pelecaniformes
Family Phalacrocoracidae
Genus Phalacrocorax
Species Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) varius
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They have black upperparts and white underparts.  They have a long pale bill.  They have a blue eye ring and a yellow marking just in front of the eye.

Immature birds have browner plumage duller facial markings. 


  • From 70 cm to 75 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) varius)

Distribution and habitat preferences

In New Zealand its range on the east coast extends as far south as Christchurch. In Australia it is only moderately common in the eastern states, but abundant in the west.

Although typically found in marine habitat—sometimes solitary, sometimes in pairs, sometimes in vast flocks of hundreds or thousands—it is also attracted to inland waters, including lakes, deep and open swamps, and rivers. (Wikipedia)


It appears to feed largely on benthic fish. It will dive both in shallow, still water and in rapidly moving currents. Typical dive times are around 40 seconds, with a recovery period of 10–15 seconds between dives. (Wikipedia)

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