Title: Anhinga, Alternative Title: (Anhinga anhinga), Creator: Stolz, Gary M., Source: WO8286-005, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: Animals, Birds, Everglades National Park, Florida, Wildlife.
This speciec is considered common through out it's wide range. The Anhinga's breeding range runs from eastern Texas to the Carolines amd south to Brazil. Winters in the southeastern US from the Carolinas to the Gulf Coast.
Inhabits slow moving freshwaters, swamps, streams, or lakes filled with vegetation. May also be found in brackish waters such as bay or lagoons as well as saltwater marine coasts. Seeks sheltered water with perching trees.
Nests 3 to 10 feet above water in small mixed groups of herons and egrets. May appropriate nests of other birds.
feeds by diving primarily on fish but will also eat aquatic insects, crayfish, shrimp, leeches, water snakes, young alligators and small terrapins.
REFERENCES: Oberholser 1974a, Palmer 1962, Pough 1951, Sykes in Farrand 1983a, Terres 1980.
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Text Credit: DeGraaf, Richard M., Virgil E. Scott, R.H. Hamre, Liz Ernst, and Stanley H. Anderson. 1991. Forest and rangeland birds of the United States natural history and habitat use. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Agriculture Handbook 688. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. (Version 03NOV98).
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