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Anhinga

Anhinga anhinga ORDER: SULIFORMES FAMILY: ANHINGIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A bird of southern swamps, the Anhinga is known as the Water-Turkey for its swimming habits and broad tail, and also as the Snake-Bird for its habit of swimming with just its long head and neck sticking out of the water.

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Appearance

Heronlike
Heronlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large, dark water bird.
  • Long thin neck.
  • Long, thin, pointed bill.
  • Long tail.
  • Silver patches on wings.

Immature Description

Similar to adult female.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Cormorants have shorter tails, shorter and blunter bills, and lack silvery wing patches.