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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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In the summer, it can be crowded with visitors, but for several hours on this December morning, it was only us and an infinity of cormorants, anhingas, herons and other birds perched in the leafy trees that edge the springs.
Pelecaniformes (pelicans, tropicbirds, cormorants, frigatebirds, anhingas, gannets).
Lower down, there are four or so anhingas, a few dozen great egrets, and one pair of snowy egrets.
Anhingas (Anhinga anhinga (Linnaeus, 1766)) and Boat-billled Herons (Cochlearius cochelarius (Linnaeus, 1766)), typical of estuarine systems in southern Mexico, might require fresher water than that of Laguna Cuyutlan (Mellink et al.
Entre las aves, las mas amenazadas por la presion selectiva de caza son los cracidos (Mitu, Crax, Penelope, Nothocrax y Pipile, sobre todo), trompeteros (Psophia), grandes loros (Ara, Amazona), grandes aves rapaces (aguila arpia especialmente), aves acuaticas como garzas, cormoranes, anhingas y patos (Cairina, Dendrocygna y Neochen).
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.
Even in January, with the mist rising from the water, visitors can see alligators, turtles, limpkins, several kinds of herons and egrets, a variety of ducks and other waterfowl, ospreys, and anhingas, sometimes called snakebirds or water turkeys.