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Double-crested Cormorant    Phalacrocorax auritus

Double-crested Cormorants breed in colonies ranging from fewer than a dozen nests to several hundred or more.  They breed from southwestern Alaska and southern Canada south to California, southeast Texas, the Gulf coast, the Bahamas, and Cuba.

These birds are common residents throughout Florida, except in the interior of the Panhandle.  They breed throughout the peninsula and the Keys northwest to Wakulla County, although a few do nest in north Florida and the Panhandle.  The numbers of Cormorants usually increases in the winter with the influx of northern migrants.