Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

Cormorants, like this one, are often confused with Anhingas, because both have webbed feet, swim underwater, and dry their wings in the sun. We can distinguish a Cormorant by its curved bill, orange color near its bill, wider body, and shorter tail. Asian fishermen have used some species of Cormorants to help them fish for over 2,000 years--they place a ring around the bird's neck to prevent it from swallowing its catch. Today U.S. fish farmers complain that Cormorants eat way too many catfish from their farm ponds.

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