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  NatureWorks - Anhinga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The anhinga is a large bird with a long S-shaped neck and a long pointed bill.
Both the male and the female have long fan- shaped tail feathers and sometimes the anhinga is known as the water turkey.
Anhingas breed off the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Texas and in the Mississippi Valley north to Kentucky and Missouri.
www.nhptv.org /natureworks/anhinga.htm   (296 words)

 American Anhinga or Snake-Bird
The Anhinga moves along the branches of trees rather awkwardly; but still it walks there, with the aid of its wings, which it extends for that purpose, and not unfrequently also using its bill in the manner of a Parrot.
The flight of the Anhinga is swift, and at times well sustained; but like the Cormorants, it has the habit of spreading its wings and tail before it leaves its perch or the surface of the water, thus frequently affording the sportsman a good opportunity of shooting it.
The flesh of the Anhinga, after the bird is grown, is dark, firm, oily, and unfit for food, with the exception of the smaller pectoral muscles of the female, which are white and delicate.
www.audubon.org /bird/BoA/F41_G2a.html   (5149 words)

 The Wakodahatchee Wetlands Anhinga (Anhinga Anhinga)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anhinga are less communal than cormorants, and usually hunt, perch and dry their wings solitarily.
Anhinga will wait to stop hunting until they are almost too heavy to swim, then will struggle to shore with only their long neck and head above water.
Anhinga swam to shore to shake the fish from its bill, then flipped the fish up, tilted her head back, and swallowed the fish whole.
www.pbcwater.com /wakodahatchee/Anhinga.htm   (469 words)

 Anhinga Breeding Male
Anhinga: Breeds near Atlantic and Gulf coasts from North Carolina to Texas, in Florida, and in Mississippi Valley north to southern Missouri and Kentucky.
Anhinga: Two to five white to pale blue eggs are laid in a loose nest made of sticks and lined with grasses and leaves.
Anhinga Breeding Male: Similar to this bird is Neotropic Cormorant, which has yellowish face and throat, shorter neck, and hooked bill.
www.percevia.com /explorer/db/birds_of_north_america_western/obj/621/target.aspx   (733 words)

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Besides for the fish, the anhinga's diet is composed of aquatic insects, crayfish, shrimp, snakes, baby alligators, and occasionally, a small turtle.
Anhingas will circle upwards, crisscrossing each other until almost out of sight, then one after another will fold its wings and plummet down to earth with spine-tingling speed.
Anhingas breed farther up north then their normal location in the summer time.
www.sewanee.edu /biology/courses/bio201/98projects/anhinga.html   (552 words)

 Hall of Texas Wetlands - Anhinga Exhibit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The usual habitat for the Anhinga is a wooded swamp or tree-fringed lake with water lilies, lotus and other aquatic vegetation.
The Anhinga has no air sac under its skin and its bones are quite heavy, which increases its specific gravity, allowing itto dive.
The Anhinga is graceful on the wing, but it lifts off and alights with great difficulty.
www.dallasdino.org /exhibits/wetlands_hall/anhinga.asp   (723 words)

 Anhinga Species Account - Florida Breeding Bird Atlas
Anhingas are most commonly found in freshwater swamps, sloughs, marshes, and ponds.
The food of the Anhinga is almost exclusively fish that the bird spears with its bill, although a few insects and crustaceans are sometimes taken (Howell 1932).
Anhingas have increased in numbers somewhat during this century and have extended their breeding range northward in recent decades (Stevenson and Anderson 1994).
wld.fwc.state.fl.us /bba/ANHI.htm   (441 words)

 Florida Nature: Anhinga anhinga - Anhinga
Anhinga anhinga - This is the same male anhinga as in the above photo, sunning its wings to dry them.
Anhinga anhinga - This female anhinga is sunning her wings, drying them.
One of the distinguishing factors between the anhinga and the Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) is this swimming characteristic.
www.floridanature.org /species.asp?species=Anhinga_anhinga   (353 words)

 Wildlife Viewing - Species Spotlight - Anhinga
Also known as the snake bird or water turkey, the anhinga is a year-round resident of Florida.
Since the anhinga lacks the oil glands that most other aquatic birds possess, you can often spot this dark bird perched on a branch with wings outstretched, drying feathers.
The male anhinga is inky fl with a cluster of silver/white feathers on his wings.
www.floridaconservation.org /viewing/species/anhinga.htm   (173 words)

 Anhinga wing-spreading   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The structure of cormorant and Anhinga feathers decreases buoyancy and thus facilitates underwater pursuit of fishes.
Anhingas, for example, have unusually low metabolic rates and unusually high rates of heat loss from their bodies.
Thus, it appears that Anhingas adopt a spread-wing posture primarily for thermoregulation -- to absorb solar energy to supplement their low metabolic heat production and to offset partly their inordinately high rate of heat loss due to convection and (when wet) evaporation from their plumage.
www.audubon.org /local/sanctuary/corkscrew/Wildlife/Birds/Wing_spreading.html   (328 words)

Anhingas are a large fl waterbird with a long thin neck, long pointed yellow bill, and a long tail.
When an Anhinga swims, only the head and neck appear above water, which is one reason they are called "snakebird".
I had the opportunity to once watch a huge size anhinga decide to dry itself in an area that was obviously claimed by a pair of Australian Black Swans...the swans "won" their territory, and the Anhinga had to move quite some distance to dry itself.
www.zonianlady.com /anhinga/anhinga.html   (381 words)

 Georgia Wildlife Web Site; birds: Anhinga anhinga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Within the United States, the Anhinga occurs all year in the coastal areas from southern Texas on the Gulf of Mexico east and north to southern Virginia.
Within Georgia, populations are low during the breeding season in the southeastern half of the state and increase in number as one moves farther south and east toward the coast.
Cormorants can be differentiated from the Anhinga by their down-curved bill tip, their facial coloration (usually with yellow near the bill), and their lack of white spotting on the wings.
museum.nhm.uga.edu /gawildlife/birds/pelecaniformes/aanhinga.html   (412 words)

 Focus on Wildlife
The anhinga is a large bird with an overall length of thirty-five inches and a wingspan of almost four feet.
Although some anhinga sightings have occurred as far north and west as Arizona and California, most of the population is south of North Carolina and west to the Texas border.
As I scanned the area with binoculars, an anhinga flew in and landed in the pond.
boothbayregister.maine.com /2005-02-03/focus_on_wildlife.html   (787 words)

 Ivan Basso_Anhinga Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Anhinga Bird belongs to the Family Fregatidae alsoknown as the Frigate Birds.
Anhingas are a large, dark waterbird with long, loosely-jointedtail and a very long, thin neck, and long, pointed bill.
When an Anhinga tires of a perch itwill as often as not just crash headlong into the water and disappear,perhaps showing up again far across the pond.
www1.broward.edu /~ssimpson/anhinga.html   (309 words)

 Nearctica - Natural History - Birds of Eastern North America - Anhingidae - Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
The Anhinga is a primarily fl bird with a long, narrow, s-shaped neck.
Overwintering Range: The Anhinga has a slightly more southern resident range and is absent from the Mississippi Valley region during the winter.
Anhingas lack oil glands and spend a great deal of time with their wings spread in the sun to dry off.
www.nearctica.com /birds/pelican/Aanhing.htm   (296 words)

 Anhinga Photos and Information
Anhingas don't have the oil glands to waterproof their feathers like most birds do, since their swimming all the time would wash the oil off.
Anhingas are also special because of their snake-like necks.
The anhinga can't risk putting the fish down on the ground to eat it, because the fish might flop back into the water and escape.
wine.wineintro.com /birding/encyc/anhinga   (241 words)

 Reinventing the Everglades -- anhinga.1.html   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Because their feather structure is designed to become waterlogged to facilitate diving and movement under water, Anhingas must spread their wings to dry when they emerge from the water.
This photo is of an Anhinga resting on a cypress branch in the lake between the DM and BA building at FIU.
Anhingas enjoy such areas as cypress swamps, so this cypress is a good place to see an Anhinga at FIU.
www.cs.fiu.edu /~tho01/sea/anhinga.1.html   (84 words)

 AnimalTrek.com - Anhinga Pictures, Information, Wallpaper, Photos
It is a cormorant-like bird with an average body length of 85 cm, a wingspan of 117 cm, and a weight of 1350 g.
The Anhinga is a member of the darter family, Anhingidae, and is closely related to Indian (Anhinga melanogaster), African (Anhinga rufa), and Australian (Anhinga novaehollandiae) Darters.
The Anhinga's feathers are not waterproofed by oils like those of ducks, and can get waterlogged, causing the bird to become barely bouyant.
www.animaltrek.com /birds/anhinga   (225 words)

 The Anhinga Project -- What's An Anhinga?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
An anhinga is a water bird with several interesting and distinctive behaviors.
When the anhinga catches a fish, it repeatedly tosses the fish into the air and catches the fish in its beak until the fish’s head is pointing straight down its gullet, then it swallows the fish whole.
The anhinga lacks oil on its feathers to keep them dry, so after getting out of the water the anhinga perches on a rock or tree branch and spreads its wings to dry them.
www.cs.rit.edu /~anhinga/anhinga.shtml   (152 words)

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The Anhinga Trail Follows along a small pond where the "Anhinga"(bird the trail in named after) likes to frequently visit.
While on the trail i came across many different species of wildlife from the large American Alligator to the small feathered birds.
www.geocities.com /jawz_home/EvergladesNationalPark.html   (69 words)

 NSiS: Florida's Common Waterbirds - Anhingas
Anhingas inhabit quiet bodies of freshwater and, while found statewide, are much more numerous in central and south Florida.
They dive to spear fish with their long, sharp bills, often tossing the catch in the air and swallowing it headfirst.
Anhingas build platform nests in trees, preferably clusters of willows, or reuse a heron or egret nest.
www.nsis.org /bird/sp/wb-anhi.html   (99 words)

Early in the morning and late in the afternoon, the light on the Anhinga Trail boardwalk can be magical.
When I got to the Anhinga Trail, the photographers were assembling to take advantage of first light.
This is a male anhinga, eyes ablaze in blue for the breeding season.
www.birdingamerica.com /Florida/anhingatrail.htm   (603 words)

 Birds of the St. Johns - Anhinga
The Anhinga is also known as the Snake Bird, because when it surfaces all that shows is its long skinny neck and sharp beak - and at first glance it sometimes looks like a snake.
When they are not fishing you will see them on posts or dead tree branches with their wings spread to dry in the breeze.
The Anhinga has a straight sharp, serrated bill that it stabs fish with.
www.marshbunny.com /mbunny/wildlife/birds/anhinga.html   (151 words)

 * Anhinga - (Bird): Definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Anhinga often swims with its body submerged and only its head and long slender neck visible above the water...
Anhingas build platform nests in trees, preferably clusters of, or reuse a heron or egret nest.
Anhingas, for example, do this by sunning with wings spread, while many small- and medium-sized species,...
www.bestknows.com /bird/anhinga.html   (282 words)

 Anhinga Species account
In their United States breeding range, Anhingas are found from the Carolinas to eastern Texas.
Declines in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (S05) stratum produce similar trends in Louisiana, and are largely responsible for the declines in the Central BBS Region (Mississippi Alluvial Plain Annual Indices).
The overall trends of Anhinga populations are poorly understood.
www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov /bbs/htmtmp/a1180.html   (325 words)

 SOFIA Virtual Tour - Everglades NP - Northern Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Distinguishing traits of an anhinga include a long tail, white wing feathers and a pointed beak that it uses to spear food.
Anhingas prefer freshwater areas and are but one of the common water birds found in Everglades National Park.
Observed from the safety of the Anhinga Trail boardwalk, this alligator hides partially submerged in the grassy waters-edge of Taylor Slough.
sflwww.er.usgs.gov /virtual_tour/enp   (2153 words)

 CLMP - CLMP Newswire Archives
For Anhinga (http://www.ahinga.org), home meant Tallahassee, Florida, the native habitat of the bizarre anhinga bird that dries it wings by remaining outstretched and motionless for hours at a time.
Simultaneous to the growth of the press, Joann Gardner, a poet and professor at Florida State University, and a member of Anhinga's board, was asked to teach a poetry workshop called Runaway with Words for at-risk youth (http://www.floridanetwork.org/words.htm).
This year, Anhinga received two grants, one from the NEA and another from the Witter Bynner Foundation in New Mexico, to create Runaway with Words poetry workshops in three states - Florida, Utah and Oregon.
www.clmp.org /about/newswire_archive_01_03.html   (1994 words)

 The Aviary: Anhinga   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anhingas (Anhinga anhinga) are common in fresh-water swamps, ponds and lakes, where they spear fish.
These fish-eaters dive from the surface and swim underwater.
Anhingas occur worldwide in tropical and subtropical regions.
aviary.owls.com /anhinga/anhinga.html   (166 words)

 Anhinga trail, Loxahatchee, Wakodahatchee Updat   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Anhingas on nests with chicks in all stages of development.
Got nice pix of fledged Anhingas practicing fish tossing and posing in the wildflowers on the bank.
There were Green Herons all over the place aNd curious Cormorants gawking at you from the trees.
www.photo.net /bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=001Hmv   (285 words)

 All About Birds
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.
The Anhinga is frequently seen soaring high in the sky overhead.
It is a graceful flier and can travel long distances without flapping its wings, much in the manner of a Turkey Vulture.
birds.cornell.edu /programs/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Anhinga.html   (121 words)

 TrekEarth | Anhinga Photo
Among all the birds I saw on my trip (and I'm going to introduce you to some more in future), this species is probably my personal favorite.
Anhingas look similar to cormorants, but have longer slim necks.
They are one of my favourite birds also, and I especially love when I luck into a situation where the water is clear and I can see these guys shooting through the water after a fish.
www.trekearth.com /gallery/photo42581.htm   (1209 words)

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