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Anhinga or Snake bird

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. The word anhinga comes from the Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake bird. 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. They do not have external nares (nostrils) and breath solely through their epiglottis.


Anhinga species are found all over the world in warm shallow waters. Anhinga can be found mainly east of the Andes in South America and also the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.


At Tortuguero National Park

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AshleyT 11 years ago
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SandraPereira 11 years ago

Thanks Ashley ..

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Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on Dec 31, 2012
Submitted on Feb 26, 2013

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