Anhinga

Anhinga anhinga

Order

SULIFORMES

Family

Darters (Anhingidae)

Code 4

ANHI

Code 6

ANHANH

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Anhinga is native to many different countries around the world, including Belize, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, the United States and Venezuela. The Anhinga has also been found in a variety of other countries, such as the Cayman Islands, Canada, Haiti and Martinique. The range of the Anhinga is quite expansive, reach up to 15 million square kilometers. The current global population of this bird species has not been precisely quantified but it is not believed to be in any current danger. The evaluation rating for this bird is currently Least Concern as a result of its range.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Anhinga: Large, dark waterbird with long tail, snake-like neck, small head, red eyes, and long olive-brown bill. Body is green-black overall with silver-gray feathers appearing speckled and grizzled on upper back and forewings. AKA snakebird and water turkey. Often soars like a raptor.


Range and Habitat

Anhinga: Breeds near Atlantic and Gulf coasts from North Carolina to Texas, in Florida, and in Mississippi Valley north to southern Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky. Spends winters along the Gulf Coast north to South Carolina. Also occurs in tropical America. Preferred habitats include freshwater and coastal water bodies with thick vegetation and large trees, which it uses for roosting and nesting.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"guk-guk-guk-guk-guk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It has a long tail that accounts for its nickname, “water turkey.”
  • It spears fish with its long beak. Sometimes it has to swim to shore and pry the fish off its beak by rubbing on a rock or tree limb.
  • The Anhinga does not have oil glands for waterproofing its feathers like most water birds. When it swims, it gets wet which allows it to move more efficiently under water. When it leaves the water, it must spread its wings and dry in the sun.
  • While swimming, the head may be above the surface with its body below. Observers only see the long neck and head. This has resulted in another nickname, “snake bird.”

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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