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Tropicbird, Phaethon Greater cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Tanzania
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Containing group: Neoaves
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Scientific Name Phaethon
Comments Tropicbird
Creator Dale Coggshall
Acknowledgements Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Behavior flying
Scientific Name Phalacrocorax carbo
Location Lake Manyara NP, Tanzania
Comments After bathing in a freshwater river to wash the lake's soda salts from its plumage, a cormorant dries its wings.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By David Bygott
Life Cycle Stage Adult
View Dorsal
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