Phalacrocorax fuscescens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax fuscescens
Species Authority: (Vieillot, 1817)
Common Name(s):
English Black-faced Cormorant

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Ekstrom, J., Butchart, S., Calvert, R.
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found along the coast of south Australia with two independent populations: one on the coast of south Western Australia, the other on the coasts of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania (del Hoyo et al. 1992).
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Population [top]

Population: The total population probably numbers several 10,000s of birds (del Hoyo et al. 1992)
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It feeds in coastal waters, sometimes in sheltered places such as bays and islets and can be found entering rivers along the coast. Its diet it comprised of a variety of fish which is catches mainly be pursuit-diving, sometimes in flocks of up to several thousand individuals. Breeding usually occurs on rocky islands, but also on stacks, slopes and sea cliffs in colonies of up to 2500 individuals (del Hoyo et al. 1992).
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater; Marine

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Phalacrocorax fuscescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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