Phalocrocorax penicillatus 2014-11-30 These are some of the coolest birds at Bird Rescue. Also the most dangerous. Their long necks and hooked beaks make them apt at gouging out human eyeballs, so you always have to take special care and wear eye protection when handling cormorants. I've only ever dealt with Brandt's cormorants at the center, which are common along the west coast of the United States. Looking forward to seeing them during the breeding season, when their necks turn a brilliant blue.