Pied Cormorant

(Phalacrocorax varius)
Daniel McKeon

Best Times/ Seasons

All year round.


The Pied Cormorant is found in marine habitats including estuaries, harbours and bays. It is also found in mangroves and on large inland wetlands in Eastern Australia.


The Pied Cormorant mainly feeds on fish, but will also take crustaceans and molluscs. Like other cormorants, it catches prey underwater, by diving and swimming using its large, fully webbed feet for propulsion.

Other Information

The Pied Cormorant is a large black and white bird with a long, grey, hooked bill and black legs and feet. It has an orange eye-patch and bare throat skin, with a blue eye-ring and the eye is green.


Last updated : Thu 27 Jun 2019