Little Black Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
Christina Port

Best Times/ Seasons

All year round.


The Little Black Cormorant is mainly found in freshwater wetlands, but will sometimes be found on sheltered coastal waters, and can use relatively small, deep water bodies. It is strongly aquatic, rarely seen on dry land, but is often seen resting on rocks or jetties.


The Little Black Cormorant feeds on fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. It catches prey underwater, by diving and swimming using its large, fully webbed feet for propulsion.

Other Information

The Little Black Cormorant is one of only two totally black cormorants in Australia, with the other being the much larger Great Cormorant, which has a yellow bill, face and throat and a white chin.


Last updated : Thu 27 Jun 2019