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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Phalacrocorax gaimardi (Red-legged Cormorant)


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Species Description
The Red-Legged Cormorant (also known as the Red-Footed Shag) is a taxonomically cryptic bird; it is considered to part of a basal cormorant lineage, and is not known to have any close living relatives. It lives along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of southern South America, where it hunts for fish and marine invertebrates. The Red-Legged Cormorant is an excellent pursuit diver, though it is also believed to forage along the sea floor. Its backset legs aid in foot-propelled swimming, but make for awkward movements on land; rather than walk, it prefers to fly, even for short distances.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
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Encyclopedia of Life
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