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The cormorants of the Ussuri River region

The cormorant is a large water bird with black plumage. It has a wingspan of about 100 centimeters form the Ussuri River region of Siberia and the northern-east region of China fly spend about five months in Kinmen; they do not embark on their return journey to the breeding grounds until April the following year.

The cormorant is equipped with webbed feet, a strong bill, easily wet-able feathers and a special flexible pouch on its throat, making the bird an efficient catcher of fish. Highly gregarious, the cormorants like to feed and roost in large numbers. They also fly in line formations. Every year the entertaining antics and sheer number of these birds attract many visitors, both domestic and abroad, to Kinmen.

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