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Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Anhingidae

Large fish-eaters with highly a distinctive neck and head. Their submerged swimming style leaves only the neck above water, giving them the nickname snakebirds.

 


Anhinga

Anhinga anhinga

Anhinja - Male

Anhinja – Male

Anhinja - Female

Anhinja – Female

Appearance:

  • The male’s body is mostly glossy black-green.
  • Wings, base of wings, and tail are glossy black-blue.
  • Upper back of body and wings are spotted or streaked with white.
  • The yellow bill is long and pointed.
  • The female has a pale gray-buff or light brown head, neck, and upper chest. The lower breast is a chestnut color.
  • It is 86 to 90cm long and weighs about 1.2kg.

Behaviour:

  • The plumage soaks up water which reduces buoyancy and makes diving easier.
  • It also means they spend a lot of time drying their wings.
  • Darters are monogamous and pair bonds can last for years.

Voice:

  • A raspy croaking.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • They swim low in the water because of their reduced buoyancy but watch for them sunning themselves with wings outstretched.
  • The nest will usually be in the fork of a tree, near or overhanging the water.
  • Always seen by slow moving water
  • Oxbow lakes are the ideal place to spot them
  • Active all day with peaks in the morning and afternoon

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