Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Order: Suliformes | Family: Anhingidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonia, Brasil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Ecuador

Age: Unknown Sex: Unknown| Loc. Northeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~85 cm (33 in). The Anhinga is a cormorant-like bird. It has a long neck, thin and pointy bill, long fan-like tail. Males are glossy black. Note upper back and wings streaked and spotted with white. Females are like males but have a brown head, neck and upper chest. Juveniles are dull female-like. See Neotropic Cormorant.

Status: The Anhinga is widespread but uncommon to rare in Amazonian lowlands. It favors oxbow lakes and slow flowing rivers. Often seen drying themselves with their wings open. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Anhinga Americana o Pato Aguja.

Sub-species: Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) Linnaeus, 1766.

Meaning of Name: Anhinga: Tupi (Brazilian) Devil bird or devil of the woods.

See more of the Family Anhingidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 11/09/2014.