The Chambal River Basin is unusual and host to numerous Unique species of Flora and Fauna. ( do check out previous posts titled CURSED YET ENCHANTED RIVER and GREAT CANYONS OF INDIA )
The Blue-Eyed Indian Cormorant ( English) , Pan Kowwa ( Hindi), Phalacrocorax fuscicollis ( Scientific name) resides in large colonies as can be seen in the picture below.
Indian Cormorants can easily be confused with Lesser Cormorants , however the key distinguishing factor are their Blue Eyes.
Indian Cormorants inhabit Inland water bodies like the Chambal River below, unlike the Greater Cormorants which are primarily seen on the Coasts of Oceans .
The picture below shows up the difficulties faced by amateurs like me in Identifying Birds. The Juveniles vary to the adults as does the Breeding Plummage.
The key characteristics of the Little Cormorant( English), Microcarbo niger ( Scientific name) are exhibited by the Cormorant on the Left. It has black eyes and a brownish plumage and No Yellow Gular.( part near base of lower beak )
The Sun lights up the Rocky habitat of the Indian Shag or Indian Cormorant . They flight past the Rocky Ravines in search of Fish or a Mate.
The Indian Cormorants have no Oil Glands to waterproof their Feathers , unlike Ducks and thus stretch out their wings to Sun Dry them. ( do see the featured Image)
Am sorry to have made this post so lengthy, however was fascinated by numerous features of this bird called “Sea Crow” by scientists and ” Paan Crow “ by natives in India as well. Enchanting is it not?