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Anhinga; Snakebird

Anhinga anhinga


The Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, or Water Turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. It is a cormorant-like bird with an average body length of 85 cm (33 in), a wingspan of 117 cm (46 in), and a mass of up to 1.35 kg (3.0 lb). It is a dark-plumaged piscivore with a very long neck, and often swims with only the neck above water. When swimming in this style the name Snakebird is apparent, since only the colored neck appears above water the bird looks like a snake ready to strike.


The American Anhinga has been subdivided into two subspecies, A. a. anhinga and A. a. leucogaster, based on their location. A. a. anhinga can be found mainly east of the Andes in South America.

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Kevin Scheiber
Kevin Scheiber 9 years ago

yeah, me too, the wildlife is great and its more or less the Georgian and Floridian Galapagos.... :) there is also a lot of wild horses!!

CoastalJHawk 9 years ago

Great spotting! I've been wanting to go to Cumberland Island for a while.

Kevin Scheiber
Kevin Scheiber 9 years ago

Thanks! It was drying its wings off from swimming; your spotting is great too! :)

Jlk903 9 years ago

I saw a male Anhinga yesterday!

You captured a great picture!

Kevin Scheiber
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Kevin Scheiber

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Jul 9, 2012
Submitted on Jul 9, 2012

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