Palacrocorax fuscicollis, Steph.
1006. :- G. sinensis, Shaw. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 862 ; Butler, Guzerat, Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 331; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 442; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 33 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India, Ibis, 1885, p. 138.
THE LESSER CORMORANT.
Length, 24 to 27; expanse, 36 to 40 ; wing, 11; tail, 5.25 to 6 ; tarsus, 1.7 ; bill at front, 2.25.
Bill dusky brown, reddish beneath ; gular skin yellow ; irides bluish-green; nude orbits black ; feet black.
Adult, head and neck shining black; feathers of the back and wing-coverts bronze color as in the last; throat white; this color extending towards the eye, and passing into a pale brown on the cheeks ; lower plumage deep black.
In .breeding plumage this Cormorant assumes some white specks on the forehead and above the eyes, and a white tuft behind each ear; the chin, however, is then black.
The young birds are more or less brown above, and white beneath.
The Lesser Cormorant is more or less common throughout the district; it is a permanent resident and breeds in company during the rains.
The eggs are similar to those of the snake bird.