Double-crested Cormorant

Our most common cormorant. Seen on or beside water (open ocean or lakes). Floats partially submerged, regularly diving for fish. Often seen standing on rocks, piers, etc. with its wings spread and drying. Larger than Pelagic Cormorants and has an orange face/beak to differentiate from Brandt’s Cormorants.

Active seasons

All year, but more common in winter/cooler months.

How/where to find

More common than our Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants. In addition to floating on the water and standing on rocky shores, piers and wooden pilings are common perches for groups of cormorants of all species.

You can find the Double-crested Cormorant throughout every Region and Outpost on The BC Bird Trail!