Bank Cormorant

Bank Cormorant by AFC

Phalacrocorax neglectus by Michelle McCune
(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil on canvas | ID#4042)

Family: PHALACROCORACIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing

Artist Statement

The bank cormorant (Phalacrocorax neglectus), or Wahlberg's cormorant is endemic to the coastal areas of Namibia and the western seaboard of South Africa. It's numbers have been sharply declining due to commercial fishing of the bearded goby, human disturbance and increasing numbers of kelp gulls which prey on the eggs and chicks. The current world population is estimated to be 4000 individuals. Using reference I had of cormorants near my home in California and researching the physical differences between them and the bank cormorant, I was able to represent this species.
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