Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Great Cormorants breed in the western part of Iceland, Faxaflói and Breiðafjörður. Outside the breeding season birds disperse and can be found all around Iceland. Cormorants are often seen sitting on islets and cliffs where they often spread out their wings for drying. The main food of Cormorants is demersal fish so they tend to be in shallow waters.


Cormorants can be seen in Skjálfandi bay the whole year around but are less common during summer when only immature are found.


78-82 cm


3,100-4,300 g


130-160 cm


 2,500 pairs