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Any of a genus (Anhinga) of long-necked birds having a sharp, pointed bill and inhabiting swamps in tropical and subtropical regions. Also called darter, snakebird, water turkey.

[Portuguese, from Tupí ayingá.]


(Animals) another name for darter1
[C18: via Portuguese from Tupi]


(ænˈhɪŋ gə)

n., pl. -gas.
any of various tropical and subtropical freshwater web-footed diving birds of the family Anhingidae. Also called snakebird, water turkey.
[1760–70; < Portuguese < Tupi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anhinga - fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed billanhinga - fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
genus Anhinga - type genus of the Anhingidae
Anhinga anhinga, water turkey - blackish New World snakebird of swampy regions
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Lower down, there are four or so anhingas, a few dozen great egrets, and one pair of snowy egrets.
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and Diving Piscivores (cormorants, anhingas, terns, pelicans).
From hiking trails, observation decks and driving routes, visitors can see many species of waterfowl, Great Blue Herons, Anhingas, wading birds, Prothonotary Warbler, Bobolink and American Bittern.
ABSTRACT The suite of resident, migrant, breeding, and wintering waterbirds depending on this region includes grebes, pelicans, cormorants, anhingas, wading birds, waterfowl, coots, rails, gallinules, shorebirds, gulls, and terns.
You may see alligators, turtles, anhingas, herons, egrets, and more.
Great Egrets, Blue Herons, Anhingas, Boat-tailed Grackles and cormorants line the shores.
Eighty species of waterbirds including grebes, cormorants, anhingas, bitterns, herons, egrets, ibises and spoonbills, waterfowl, rails, gallinules, coots, shorebirds, gulls and terns, and kingfishers were documented.
The Venice Area Audubon Rookery, mentioned earlier, attracts a variety of birds, including great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, anhingas, gallinules and yellow-crowned night herons.
Elsewhere, flamingos are observed to have a "billiarding/adolescent sprawl of knees" and "the silhouettes/ of parking meters," crows a "snug yarmulke," anhingas "a calisthenic finesse.