Two birds higher up on a ledge definitely have their breeding plumage – the white patches on their thighs is clearly visible. Non-breeding adult lacks hood, black mark behind eye, and black tip on bill. Immature birds are off-white below, extending to a varying amount to belly. CORMORANT COLONY. Characteristics that help to differentiate between Double-crested Cormorants and Common Loons include: Body and head shape: Double-crested Cormorants have slender bodies with a long neck. Throughout Africa. Distribution Worldwide. Black-headed Gull: Small, white gull with partial hood, white crescents above and below eye, and white-gray back. Red bill. As I’d thought it was a bit early for the Cormorants to have begun nesting, but there were a a few birds hanging around on the cliff. White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax c. lucidus) is the only subspecies of Great Cormorant found in sub-Saharan Africa.Similar to: Double-crested Cormorant. We spotted these guys sunning themselves late one morning from the Seeberg hide in West Coast National Park. Sexes similar. Status Common or localised resident. It has black plumage (except for race White-beasted Cormorant); long tail; yellow throat patch; white near bill.Breeding has white on head. The White-breasted Cormorant (Afrikaans name, Witborsduiker) is a common resident to large rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters, this bird usually hangs out with darters, egrets, herons and ibises. Juvenile like winter adult but more black on wing and tail with black tip. Avibase is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over &1 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information for 20,000 regions, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages and more. The gangly Double-crested Cormorant is a prehistoric-looking, matte-black fishing bird with yellow-orange facial skin. Another diving, fish-eating bird that is sometimes mistaken for a loon is the Double-crested Cormorant. The Great Cormorant is a large cormorant. Adult Description Identified by large size and white underparts, throat to breast or, in immatures, entirely white underparts, much whiter than the immature of the Reed Cormorant. 55 White Breasted Cormorant 58 Reed Cormorant 62 Grey Heron 63 Black-headed Heron 67 Little Egret 71 Cattle Egret 74 Green-Backed Heron 81 Hammerkop 83 White Stork (Flying over) 91 Sacred Ibis 93 Glossy Ibis 94 Hadeda Ibis 102 Egyptian Goose 104 Yellow-billed Duck 105 African Black Duck 118 Secretary Bird 126 Black/Yellow-billed Kite Wings with black tips and black bases of primaries.