The anhinga doesn’t have waterproof feathers. View entire discussion (7 comments) Great swimmers and adept hunters, Anhingas spend a lot of time underwater. It doesn’t have the glands that secrete wax and it doesn’t preen like other waterbirds. They spear them while swimming underwater then stick their neck out of the water vertically and swallow the fish. Other aquatic animals, such as crayfish, snakes, and small turtles are also on the menu, depending on availability. Anhinga anhinga prefers freshwater and coastal aquatic habitats that include shrub or tree-covered islands or shores; these habitats include lakes, marshes, swamps, mangrove swamps, shallow coastal bays, and lagoons. Instead, the wet feathers help them sink and swim underwater. Video: Anhinga swimming uderwater. Seen in waterways, with only their beak pointed skyward and body … Continue reading Meet The Amazing Anhinga Anhinga swimming underwater. Certainly looks like a turkey here! Anhingas hunt while swimming underwater or at the water’s surface. The word "anhinga" is derived from the Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake bird. For more about Anhingas, see my Set, 'Anhingas'. The A. anhinga can be seen basking for long a period in the sun to dry its feathers, so that the body temperature of the A. anhinga is maintained (Hennemann 1982). Here is how Wikipedia describes the unique Anhinga… You’ve no doubt seen their unmistakable silhouette; those outstretched wings and long, graceful neck belong to the Anhinga. Anhinga, also known as the Water-Turkey (for its swimming habits and broad tail) or Snake-Bird (because it looks like a snake when it swims with its head out of the water). It may also be called the Snake Bird, Water Turkey or even the North American Darter. Learn why this sleek American darter is also referred to as a Snake Bird. Anhinga are common here and fascinating to watch catching and eating fish. Unlike other water birds with feathers coated with oils, repelling water and keeping the birds buoyant and dry, an anhinga’s feathers are not coated, and it becomes wet as it swims in the water. When he wants to swim on top of the water he can fill his air sacs and raise his … Water-Turkey (Anhinga) Going Underwater. After staying underwater for very lengthy periods of time during foraging the A. anhinga spreads its wings and feathers. These water birds are also commonly referred to as Snakebirds, Darters, Water Crows, American Darters or Water Turkeys.. The Anhingas (Anhinga anhinga) are found in the warmer parts of the Americas.They are members of the darter family and are related to pelicans and cormorants.. Anhingas prey on fish, which they often spear with their long pointed beak. The hunt by swimming underwater propelled by their large webbed feet. Webcams and videos are hosted by third parties. Because they aren’t fast swimmers, they will usually sit and wait for a fish, then rapidly throw the fish in the air and swallow it. In exchange, you may periodically see 30-second advertisements. Anhingas are unusual birds. When the anhinga wants to swim under water, with just his head and neck showing, he can let the air out of his air sacs and press his feathers tight against his body to squeeze the air out of them. Because the anhinga is barely buoyant, it can stay below the … The anhinga is superbly adapted for swimming underwater. Their fishing methods understandingly show why they are often referred to as the “snake bird”. BirdNote does not endorse any of the products, services, or causes on third-party pages. Anhinga Anhinga is the scientific name for this diving bird commonly found on Hilton Head Island.