One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long-necked fish-eating bird related to the cormorants, typically found in fresh water. Anhingas spear fish with their long pointed bills and frequently swim submerged to the neck.
- ‘One look at an anhinga's picture should remind you of the reptile precursors of birds!’
- ‘The anhinga is a large bird with a long S-shaped neck and a long pointed bill.’
- ‘A bird of southern swamps, the Anhinga is known as the Water-Turkey for its swimming habits and broad tail.’
- ‘Anhingas adopt a rather bizarre-looking pose for long stretches of time, remaining immobile and apparently oblivious even to passing boaters.’
- ‘Anhingas in their more typical water environment usually are found in the water or sitting on a post or tree limb.’
- ‘Easier to watch were the anhingas,who between long dives underwater swam with nothing but their snaky necks and heads above the water's surfaces.’
- ‘Cormorants and shags have been considered closely related to other totipalmate birds (tropicbirds, frigatebirds, anhingas, gannets and boobies, pelicans), which when taken together, form Pelecaniformes.’
- ‘Anhingas have webbed feet and a beak like an arrow to catch fish.’
- ‘Around the lake we could see samples of most of Florida's native birds, such as osprey, anhinga, eagles, hawks, and herons.’
- ‘Anhingas are able to sink almost below the water's surface, leaving just the lengthy neck, slim head and long sharp bill above the water.’
- ‘Cormorants and anhingas live in freshwater wetlands, swamps, lakes, rivers, and estuaries (wet areas near the ocean where freshwater and saltwater mix).’
- ‘Anhingas inhabit quiet bodies of freshwater and, while found statewide, are much more numerous in central and south Florida.’
- ‘Also known as the "Snakebird," the Anhinga often swims with its body submerged and only its head and long slender neck visible above the water.’
- ‘Large wading and diving birds seemed to be everywhere: great white egrets, great blue herons, green herons, tricolored herons, roseate spoonbills, anhingas, cormorants, and jacanas.’
- ‘The evolutionary relationships of anhingas and darters remain unclear.’
- ‘The anhingas, which spent their spring and summer scattered here and there along the Texas coast and inland waterways, follow their instinct, drift south and gather together.’
- ‘Most of the postcranial elements belong to continental waterbirds, including pelicans, anhingas, herons, storks, ducks, and rails.’
- ‘Anhingas and Double-crested Cormorants, representing closely allied avian families, share a spread-winged behavior that is superficially identical.’
- ‘Anhingas are very similar to Cormorants. They are both diving birds and can swim quite a distance underwater to catch fish.’
- ‘Ortiz and his field office director at the time, Fernando ‘Pino’ Rubio del Valle, pointed out several birds with North American relatives - orioles and anhinga - and an osprey, which migrates between North and South America.’
Mid 18th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi áyinga.
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