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Male Anhinga in his nest with a chick. The chick kept begin him for food, to the point of literally sticking its head in his mouth as he was regurgitating! It is a cormorant-like bird with an average body length of 85 cm, a wingspan of 117 cm, and a mass of up to 1.35 kg. 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. They do not have external nares (nostrils) and breathe solely through their epiglottis.
Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park, Florida
Spotted on Mar 9, 2014
Submitted on Mar 19, 2015
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