Little Pied CormorantScientific name: Microcarbo melanoleucos

Meaning of name: Microcarbo is from the words micro, meaning small, and carbo, meaning cormorant. Melanoleucos is from the Greek words melas, meaning black, and leucos, meaning white.

Aboriginal name: Kokoko (caw’caw’caw).

Distribution: Occurs in Australia wherever water can be found, including ephemeral waters in deserts.

Description: Up to 65cm long with a 90cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 2,886km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 11 years 6.7 months after being banded (information as at 13 June 2012).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme