Danube Virtual Museum

Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus)

Title: Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmeus)
Location/Region: The Sava and Danube confluence
Chrolonology: 1900 - 2000
Museum: Natural History Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Dimensions: 50 x 80 x 60 cm
Production Technique: Taxidermy on a pedestal


This piscivorous bird is very rare in the world, but not in the Serbian part of the Danube! Although the number of nesting colonies had decreased to only two breeding colonies, their numbers recently increased. Especially important is their appearance during the winter, when up to 7,000 birds gather at the 'Ušće' (confluence) in Belgrade. These birds feed during the day on the Danube River and nearby unfrozen ponds, while in the evening they gather in flocks and spend the night in willow trees.

From the Museum Collections