Monday, July 12, 2010

Anhinga

Anhinga


Did you know:

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 (35 in), a wingspan of 117 cm (45 in), and a weight of 1,350 g (48 oz). 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.

The Anhinga is a member of the darter family, Anhingidae, and is closely related to Indian (Anhinga melanogaster), African (A. rufa), and Australian (A. novaehollandiae) Darters.

Unlike ducks, the Anhinga is not able to waterproof its feathers using oil produced by the uropygial gland. Consequently, feathers can become waterlogged, making the bird barely buoyant. However, this allows it to dive easily and search for underwater prey, such as fish and amphibians. It can stay down for significant periods.

When necessary, the Anhinga will dry out its wings and feathers. It will perch for long periods with its wings spread to allow the drying process, as do cormorants. If it attempts to fly while its wings are wet, it has great difficulty getting off the water and takes off by flapping vigorously while 'running' on the water. Anhinga will often search for food in small groups.

Did you know research from Wiki.


Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn

7 comments:

jalynn01 said...

I've never seen this bird but have seen the Cormorants spread their wings to dry like this. Nice capture. I like the light colored feathers on the tips of it's tail.

Bird Girl said...

Really nice pose!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Excellent picture.I like those beautiful wings.
Blessings,Ruth

Country Mouse Studio said...

Interesting post and picture, thanks

Elaine said...

I didn't know, and I hadn't heard of this bird before. Lovely photos and good information.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craig: Neat bird, I've never seen one in the wild.

jen said...

Wow that's one pretty bird!