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A Little Pied Cormorant  preens its back after a fishing session. // Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocoracidae: Microcarbo (=Phalacrocorax) melanoleucos). Length to 58cm, wingspan to 65cm, weight to NNg. Common from Malaysia south-east to Australia and New Zealand. Food small fish and crustaceans. In Australia, widespread except for arid interior. Cormorants do not have waterproof feathers and must oil them from the oil (preen) gland at the base of the tail after fishing. Note that this bird has old brown primaries and secondaries in its right wing, and one secondary missing awaiting replacement by a new black feather. //