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Pygmy Cormorant
Phalacrocorax pygmaeus

Map of the common names

Considerably smaller (L 48 cm) than other European Cormorants, has characteristically red head and neck. Pygmy Cormorants prefer wetlands , fresh or brackish, with abundant marshy vegetation. Feed mainly fish, caught by diving in shallow water. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The Greek breeding population is estimated about 400 pairs and appears to be stable. Direct persecution and loss and deterioration of feeding and breeding areas are the major threats to the species.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
300 / 450 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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