Japanese cormorant

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Japanese cormorant
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Suliformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Genus: Phalacrocorax
Species: P. capillatus
Binomial name
Phalacrocorax capillatus
(Temminck and Schlegel, 1850)

The Japanese cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus), also known as Temminck's cormorant, is a cormorant native to East Asia. It lives from Taiwan north through Korea and Japan to the Russian Far East.

The Japanese cormorant has a black body with a white throat and cheeks and a partially yellow bill.

It is one of the species of cormorant that has been domesticated by fishermen in a tradition known in Japan as ukai (鵜飼). It is called umiu (ウミウ sea cormorant) in Japanese. The Nagara River's well-known fishing masters work with this particular species to catch ayu.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Phalacrocorax capillatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Cormorant Fishing "UKAI". Version of May, 2001. Retrieved 2008-JAN-30.

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