Little Black Cormorant (species: Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) sulcirostris) in Gaagal Wanggaan NP (Gaia Guide)
Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) sulcirostris
Little Black Cormorant

©Lip Kee Yap: Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) sulcirostris)

©Lyle Vail: Little Black Cormorant at Casuarina Beach, December 2011

©Lyle Vail: Little Black Cormorant
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Pelecaniformes
Family Phalacrocoracidae
Genus Phalacrocorax
Species Phalacrocorax (Phalacrocorax) sulcirostris
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

All feathers are black. It has vibrant green eyes.


  • Up to 60 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Length measured from beak to tail.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia: The little black cormorant is abundant in Australian waterways but the first recorded sighting of this species at Lizard Island was in early December 2011 - a single individual on Casuarina Beach.
  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: locally common

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia: Fifth Edition Penguin Books, Australia.