Abstract The previously acknowledged first British record of ‘Continental Cormorant’ Phalacrocorax carbo sinensisconcerned a specimen from Christchurch, Dorset, in February 1873. Upon review, the specimen was reidentified as being of the nominate form P. c. carbo. A specimen from Orkney in March 1873 meets the recognised criteria for P. c. sinensis and becomes the

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