Anhinga

Other Names: Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, Water Turkey

Distribution: Wetlands of the southeastern United States, south through Brazil.

Description:

Size: 83-87 cm in length with a 115-119 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Generally black, with white tips on the tail and wing mantle feathers. Males have greenish iridescence on the black feathers, and the upper surface of their wings is silvery-gray. Females have a tawny-brown neck and breast, sharply set off from a black belly. The beak and legs are yellow and the eyes are black.

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Anhinga

Anhinga

Bill Shape
dagger
Regions
alabama
arizona
arkansas
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
louisiana
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
mississippi
missouri
nebraska
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
pennsylvania
rhodeisland
south carolina
tennessee
texas
virginia
west virginia
wisconsin
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
long tailed
Wing Shape
broad-wings
pointed-wings
Action
flying
perching
Behavior
forays
soaring
zigzag
Markings
cross
crown
streaks
tailbands
Sounds
staccato
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
high perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
brown
gray
rust
Body Shape
upright-perching-water
Size
large
Order
darters, snakebirds, anhingas - anhingidae (family)
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species