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Cape cormorant

(Phalacrocorax capensis)

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Description

The Cape cormorant or Cape shag (Phalacrocorax capensis) is a bird endemic to the southwestern coasts of Africa. It breeds from Namibia south to southern Western Cape.In the nonbreeding season,it may be found as far north as the mouth of the Congo,and also extends up the east coast of South Africa as far as Mozambique.In the 1970s,the breeding population was estimated as over 1 million in Namibia alone.However,the IUCN now classifies it as "Endangered" due to a very rapid decline in the population over the last three generations.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Aves
Order:Suliformes
Family:Phalacrocoracidae
Genus:Phalacrocorax
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