Great Cormorant with white neck, Wollongong

Subject: Great Cormorant with white neck, Wollongong
From: Nigel Jackett <>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 18:47:49 +1000
Today (25/4/05) while at the South Beach in Wollongong a 
large cormonant flew in from the east. Initial thoughts were 
Pied Corm. as all I could see was a white neck, but as it 
flew directly over me the entire lower half (breast down) of 
the body was black, including the vent. The cormorant had 
features identical to that of a Great Cormorant (yellow 
facial skin and throat, size matched well), but had a clean 
white front of the neck terminating at the breast. There was 
a gradual transition (flecks and spots) where the white met 
the black on the neck, not a sharp clean line dividing the 2 
colours as seen on the Pied Corm. There were no signs of 
white thigh patches as seen on Great Cormorants in breeding 

The cormorant was probably showing some sort of varied 
plumage, but I have not found any australian literature 
noting this variation. A seach for Great Cormorant on google 
revealed pictures similar to what I saw today. The cormorant 
in the link below is very similar to the bird at Wollongong 
today, but this plumage is charactertic of the Great 
Cormorant race lucidus (White-breasted Cormorant) ocurring 
in Southern Africa

Has anyone else noted this plumage in Great Cormorants in 

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