Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-27

Common name:

Neotropic Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Date: August 24, 2009
Time: 11:29 A.M.
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Juvenile
Location:  "Kennecott Nature Center", 50th South, Murray/Jordan river Parkway
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 4300 ft.
Distance to bird: 30-60 yds.
Optical equipment: Nikon D300 camera; Nikon 80-400 VR f4.5-5.6 lens
Weather: cloudy
Light Conditions: diffuse, flat lighting due to cloud cover
Description:        Size of bird: 1/3 smaller in size as a DCCO
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Cormorant
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown-black, with some mottling
(Description:)            Bill Type: cormorant
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Approximately 1/3 smaller than DCCOs, with proportionately longer tail, shorter mostly grey bill and lores, V shaped border on chin patches. Photos have been submitted for this Sight Record.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Found sitting on dead wood snags with ducks and turtle. It then began to swim/fish, ending with a span of time while it extended its wings to dry, sitting in the water, and then flew out of the area.
Habitat: An "oxbow" type backwater immediately east of the Jordan River at approximately 50th South, Murray, UT.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Memory comparison with Double Crested Cormorants. Earlier, I had personal experience in discovering and photographing Neotropic Cormorants in the Salt Lake Valley once before this incident (Winchester Park, Jordan River, April 29, 2009); and have since discovered and photo-documented NECOs several more times in the spring of 2010 in the Salt Lake Valley.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Stated above
References consulted: My own personal experiences with NECOs; also, Kristin Purdy reviewed some of the photos taken at this time and agreed the bird was "a Juvenile NECO". SIBLEY'S
Description from: From memory
Observer: Richard B. Young
Observer's address: Sandy, Utah
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: None at the time of this sighting
Date prepared: June 28, 2010
Additional material: Photos