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Cormorants are found worldwide. There are about 36 species, all of which look very much alike, with long bodies, usually covered in black feathers, a bill with a hooked tip, and feet placed far back on the body. They are waterbirds that catch fish and other aquatic animals by chasing them underwater. They propel themselves with their feet underwater. Cormorants are often found in large groups and are commonly seen roosting on structures near large bodies of water with their wings extended. They extend their wings either to dry the feathers after diving or to warm their bodies.

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