Socotra cormorants can have breeding colonies and foraging flock populations numbering in the tens of thousands. They breed only on islands in the Middle East, and are threatened by coastal development in the area.
Scientific name: Phalacrocorax nigrogularis
The Gulf has 90% of the world’s breeding Socotra cormorants and colonies number thousands.
The Gulf has 90% of the world’s breeding Socotra cormorants, and despite the heat, colonies can number in the tens of thousands.
Aerials explain why the world's largest colony of socotra cormorants nests in the desert.
In a new angle on this bizarre spectacle, the heligimbal's powerful HJ40 lens pulls out ever further to a high wide shot that perfectly illustrates the seabirds' bleak isolation at the edge of the Arabian desert. The mystery of the apparently bizarre choice of nesting site is clarified by satellite imagery that reveals the beneficial effects of local weather patterns.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Socotra cormorant can be found in a number of locations including: Asia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.
The following habitats are found across the Socotra cormorant distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
Take a trip through the natural world with our themed collections of video clips from the natural history archive.