- Length: 28 inches Wingspan: 47 inches
- Large, dark waterbird with long, loosely-jointed tail
- Very long, thin neck
- Long, pointed bill
- Often perches with wings spread to dry them
- Often swims with just head and neck above surface
- May soar for extended periods, like a hawk
- Black head, neck and body with white plumes and edgings on wing
- Tan head and neck
- Black body with white plumes and edgings on wing coverts
Cormorants have hooked bills, and shorter tails and necks.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.