CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Natural History: This bird sustains itself by feeding on small saltwater fishes caught while diving. Cormorants often congregate in flocks to herd fish. They communally roost on rocky headlands and do not linger in the water due to the fact that they lack oil glands to keep their feathers dry, in contrast to most other waterbirds. This species is active year round and is a colonial nester. Breeding season is from March to August.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found near ocean areas, bays, and tidal rocky areas.
Frequency: This bird is common throughout the year at the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: This species has the tendency to be an upright percher with a S-shaped neck and hook-tipped bill. It displays a a dark throat pouch behind which lies a brown band across its throat. It's underparts are generally browner in color than the double-crested cormorant. Cormorants bodies are mostly underwater while swimming.
Did You Know?
In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote,
"The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."